Famous ballet perform big band classics at Mayflower

Strictly Gershwin is being performed at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from October 18 - 22.
Strictly Gershwin is being performed at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from October 18 - 22.

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The English National Ballet is putting on a show with a difference next week at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, with Strictly Gerswhin.

As the company’s name suggests it’s normally associated with classical ballets, but 67 dancers are putting on a show in celebration of the big band era.

Premiered in 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall in honour of the American composer and pianist George Gerswhin, the English National Ballet is now touring the show and performing to audiences across the country.

Structured around ballet, tap, and ballroom, Act I re-creates the Hollywood classic, An American In Paris, while Act II opens with Rhapsody In Blue, with the dancers wearing Swarovski encrusted costumes.

The show will also include a host of Gerswhin’s songs, including Fascinatin’ Rhythmn, Summertime, The Man I Love, Lady Be Good, and Strike Up The Band.

The English National Ballet was founded by Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin in 1950, and is one of three major ballet companies in the UK.

Strictly Gerswhin will be at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from October 18 – 22.

Tickets cost £10 to £42.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.