Classic 19th century ballets to be performed at Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Theatre
Milton Keynes Theatre

One of the great 19th century classic ballets will be performed this week at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The English National Ballet will be staging Le Corsaire (The Pirate), making it the first UK company to perform the complete work.

Le Corsaire is based on Lord Byron’s poem, Corsaire, and tells the story of Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, the beautiful harem girl.

It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is said to be one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet.

Artistic director, Tamara Rojo, said: “Like all great Russian classics, it is a true epic story that offers drama, an exotic landscape and the best pyrotechnics of the classic technique.

“It’s a men’s ballet with heroic and passionate characters and with the famous pas de deux that made a legend of Nureyev, when he first performed in England with Dame Margot Fonteyn.”

The ballet will run from today until Saturday, at 7.30pm. There will also be a 2pm matinee today and a 2.30pm performance on Saturday.

Tickets cost £10–£40. Call 0844 8717652 or visit