Venue Spotlight: English National Ballet

Image: Michael Molloy

English National Ballet brings world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new. Our new state-of-the-art home in London City Island opens up multiple opportunities for creation, collaboration, commercial activity and engagement. With four large rehearsal studios, a Production Studio with a full height fly-tower, social spaces and meeting rooms, English National Ballet has a home to be proud of and to grow in. 

Our home is the cultural anchor in London’s newest neighbourhood, London City Island. It is a space where we can share, practice, generate ideas and create extraordinary experiences for our audiences and partners. We have excellent transport links, served by the Jubilee and DLR lines at Canning Town – 20 minutes from central London and only five minutes from Stratford, where the new Sadler’s Wells, V&A and London College of Fashion are opening. Once Crossrail opens in late 2019 there will be another fast link to Canary Wharf and Stratford.

The building has been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects and at the heart of our home is the Production Studio. With a capacity of 800 standing, 500 theatre style seating and 350 fine dining, the Production Studio is a blank canvas, it can be a productive technical theatre space, an engaging conference or training space, and can transform into a magical hospitality space. With a full-height fly tower and a stage space to match London’s largest theatres, the Production Studio offers a technical space in which to rehearse and produce performances. It is incredibly versatile and can also be used as a dining space, presentation and training venue and for showcasing brands and organisations.

The Production Studio, Image: Michael Molloy
The Production Studio, Image: Michael Molloy

Our four rehearsal studios are 15 x 15 in size, acoustically treated and feature brand new harlequin flooring. These world-class rehearsal spaces are not only the perfect space for any performing arts rehearsal, but also make a fantastic setting for a variety of events. The studios have a capacity of 200 standing and 100 seated, depending on the layout, and also feature dance mirrors (which can be covered if requested) and ballet barres on 3-4 walls, speakers, a 55” screen, a piano and lots of natural light. Whether it be a workshop, training sessions, drinks reception or a photo shoot, our rehearsal studios make the ideal setting for any event.

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