In partnership with the English National Ballet.

Bringing world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience.

Established in 1950 as Festival Ballet before rebranding as English National Ballet in 1989, English National Ballet (ENB) brings world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience, delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, the Company stands for artistic excellence and creativity.

Cunard and the ENB have been in partnership since 2019, delivering the first ever special event voyage Dance the Atlantic. On land, Cunard is a proud Production Sponsor of critically acclaimed productions, such as She Persisted in 2019 and the much anticipated new collaboration between Akram Khan and ENB, Creature, in 2021.


We are delighted to support Akram Khan and English National Ballet’s production of Creature, premiering at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London on September 23, 2021.

Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging.

Dance the Atlantic.

This special transatlantic crossing offered an up-close and personal perspective of the elegant magic English National Ballet create on stage – and the effort that goes into it. Spectacular performances from six ENB dancers took place in Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theater with extracts from the enthralling all-time classic Swan Lake, the poignant contemporary work Dust, and the stunningly visual Le Corsaire – demonstrating the huge breadth of the company’s repertoire. Guests on board were invited to watch the ENB’s morning ballet class and afternoon rehearsals, and took part in dance workshops throughout the week.

She Persisted.

We were proud to support English National Ballet’s production of She Persisted, three iconic stories and three bold works on and by women performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London from Thursday, April 4–Saturday, April 13, 2019.  The highly anticipated triple bill included the premiere of Nora, a new work by Company member and choreographer Stina Quagebeur, based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, alongside the return of Pina Bausch’s masterwork Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Frida Kahlo biopic, Broken Wings

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