English National Ballet’s MD to leave in 2012

9 November 2011

Managing Director of English National Ballet Craig Hassall to take up new role at Raymond Gubbay in February 2012

English National Ballet is sad to announce that Managing DirectorCraig Hassallis to leave the Company in 2012 to take up the new role of Chief Operating Officer at Raymond Gubbay Limited.

Craig has been with English National Ballet since Spring 2005 and joined us from Sydney Theatre Company. Craig also worked on the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and has been working with Ruth Mackenzie as an Artistic Advisor for London 2012.

Since joining English National Ballet Craig has transformed the Company into one of the country’s strongest arts organisations in terms of its financial situation with Craig having overseen its most successful years to date. The Company recently had its best-ever selling season of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum with over 58,000 seats being sold in December 2010. In the time Craig has been with us, the Company’s profile has been raised enormously, and his dedication to the Company’s ethos of taking ballet to the widest possible audience at a price everyone can afford has remained unshakeable.

Craig Hassall commented, “I have enjoyed seven wonderful years at English National Ballet and have seen the Company change a great deal over this time. It has been a constant joy to see the high quality of the performances in London, throughout the UK and abroad. I will leave with a great fondness for this important international organisation and tremendous respect for its dancers, crew, orchestra and staff. The opportunity to work with a great colleague of English National Ballet, namely Raymond Gubbay Limited, is a great one and I very much look forward to this next chapter. I hope to help to build on the success of Raymond’s company and to help expand into new markets and experiences for audiences throughout the UK.”

English National Ballet has a longstanding relationship with Raymond Gubbay and created the first in-the-round ballets in 1997 with Derek Deane’s Swan Lake, which has since been seen by over 500,000 people. In 2008 the Company added Strictly Gershwin in-the-round to the repertoire, which enjoyed a second sell-out season in June this year.

English National Ballet’s Chairman John Talbot addedCraig joined English National Ballet some seven years ago and has played a leading role in ensuring the financial stability that we enjoy as well as being a very creative thinker who has led many exciting initiatives over that period. I wish Craig every success in his new role.”

English National Ballet looks forward to its continuing relationship with Raymond Gubbay, working with Craig in his new capacity.