Cast Set For KVN Dance Company's UK Tour of COPPELIA

The production tours to 16 venues across the UK from 10 April - 30 June 2024.

By: Mar. 05, 2024
Cast Set For KVN Dance Company's UK Tour of COPPELIA
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KVN Dance Company has announced the full cast for Kevan Allen’s magical reimagined version of the classical ballet Coppelia which tours to 16 venues across the UK from 10 April - 30 June 2024.

The eclectic cast of 12 dancers come from a variety of training and professional backgrounds, echoing the production’s use of different dance styles to make the story relevant to audiences today.  

Performing in the role of Dr Coppelius is Micheal Downing, a dancer with a wide range of experience on stage and screen who is set to appear in the new Apple TV series The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin. In the title role of Coppelia is Rosie Southall who has worked with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Wayne McGregor. Both Micheal and Rosie reprise their roles following the productions debut in 2021.

Dancing in the role of Swanhilda is Ellie Fergusson, who won the BBC’s inaugural The Greatest Dancer competition and has performed on tour in Oti Mabuse - I Am Here and with Ballet Central. In the role of Franz is Zach Parkin who has danced with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and appeared in West End productions including A Streetcar Named Desire and ABBA Voyage.

They are joined by Alexander Fadayiro (Ballet Black), Laura Braid (Cabaret in the West End), Alex Moore (Magic Mike’s Last Dance), Celeste Williamson (For Tonight in the West End), Taz Hoesli (ZooNation Youth Company), Oliver Imeson (2020: The Musical), Sophie Tierney (Hansel & Gretel at the Royal Opera House), and Ellis Rose Rother (Spotlights: A New Musical).

Coppelia looks to honour the classical ballet while expanding on the story, exploring the eccentric toy maker, Dr Coppelius’ intent behind creating a life-size clockwork doll, Coppelia, and the impact this has on his relationship with the community of villagers and on Swanhilda’s relationship with her fiancé, Franz.

Fusing classical ballet with contemporary dance and hip-hop, Coppelia is choreographed by renowned director and choreographer Kevan Allen, who has created work on stages around the world for artists including Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Trevor Nunn, and Kylie Minogue.

The production is set to an imaginatively rescored version of the classical Delibes score, by Rickard Berg, nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awardfor Outstanding Creative Contribution, and sees costumes and styling by Wendy Olver, sets by West End designer Justin Williams and lighting by Olivier Award-winner Mike Robertson

 Tour Dates 

Leicester Curve

Wednesday 10 April 2024


The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham

Thursday 11 April 2024


Lichfield Garrick Theatre

Tuesday 16 April 2024


Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Wednesday 17 April 2024


Corn Exchange Newbury

Thursday 18 April 2024


Queens Theatre, Barnstaple

Friday 19 April 2024


Marylebone Theatre, London

Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 April 2024


Lancaster Grand Theatre

Wednesday 19 June 2024


Albany Theatre, Coventry

Thursday 20 June 2024


Storyhouse Chester

Friday 21 June 2024


Darlington Hippodrome

Sunday 23 June 2024


Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth

Tuesday 25 June 2024


Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

Wednesday 26 June 2024


Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Thursday 27 June 2024


Exeter Northcott

Saturday 29 June 2024


Worthing Connaught Theatre

Sunday 30 June 2024