About the show
War-time nurse Florence Nightingale inspires a new version of classic ballet Raymonda at the London Coliseum. With an exciting new historical setting and a dramatic story of love and sacrifice at its core, audiences will have the chance to experience the seldom-staged show in its entirety.
In 1853, a young woman named Raymonda leaves her home and family to become a nurse in the Crimean War. After becoming engaged to a soldier called John, her independence and loyalties are tested when her friendship with Ottoman army leader Adbur threatens to conflict with her fiancé’s love.
Based on the 19th-century story ballet, Raymonda is a co-production between the English National Ballet and Finnish National Ballet and directed by ENO Artistic Director Tamara Rojo. Rojo retains the original score by Alexander Glazunov and choreography by Marius Petipa, whilst bringing a compelling new context inspired by nurses working on the front lines of war.
Casting for Raymonda at the London Coliseum is to be confirmed.
This new version of Raymonda keeps the best parts of the original and introduces a vibrant heroine for modern audiences. It opens at the London Coliseum on 7 January 2021.