Unique chance to see swashbuckling ballet

Le Corsaire
Le Corsaire

One of the great 19th century classic ballets will be performed next 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 conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is said to be one of the most breathtaking 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.

“This is a unique and unmissable opportunity as it has never before been performed by a British company. We are working with Anna-Marie Holmes, who created this version more than a decade ago, and she is willing to change it to make it specific for us. In reinventing Le Corsaire, we have the chance to go through the whole narrative and look at it with fresh eyes, making it even better and personal to the company.”

The ballet will run from October 17-19, at 7.30pm. There will be a 2pm matinee on the Thursday and a 2.30pm performance on the Saturday.

Tickets cost £10-£40. Call 0844 8717652 or visit www.