Carlos Acosta’s Nutcracker in Havana

Nov 2024 – Jan 2025

Valid Productions, together with co-producers Norwich Theatre, have teamed up with Carlos Acosta and his brilliant company of dancers at Acosta Danza to bring audiences around England an explosion of dance, colour, music and joy this festive season (November 2024 – January 2025) with the highly anticipated debut of Carlos’s brand new production Nutcracker in Havana.

This production is a fusion of the much loved family tale, interwoven with the vibrancy of Cuban dance traditions, explored from the perspective that only Carlos can bring to life on stage through his skilful choreography and direction.

If that wasn’t enough to delight audiences, the newly commissioned version of the original Tchaikovsky score, arranged by acclaimed Cuban composer Pepe Gavilondo will arouse the joyful seasonal spirit and warm the hearts of all.

Tour Details:
Frid 1 Nov – Sun 3 Nov 2024
Norwich Theatre Royal

Frid 8 Nov – Sat 9 Nov 2024
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre

Tues 19 Nov – Wed 20 Nov 2024
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tues 26 Nov – Wed 27 Nov 2024
Richmond, Richmond Theatre

Tues 10 Dec – Sun 15 Dec 2024
London Southbank Centre

Frid 10 Jan – Sat 11 Jan 2025
Woking, New Victoria Theatre

Mon 13 Jan – Tues 14 Jan 2025
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Frid 17 Jan – Sat 18 Jan 2025
Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Theatre

Mon 27 Jan – Tues 28 Jan 2025
Salford, The Lowry


26 -27 July 2024

Valid Productions is delighted to be returning to Festival Peralada again this summer (Friday 26 – Saturday 27th July) with Carlos Acosta’s acclaimed dance company Acosta Danza, performing the stunning repertoire Folclor. With its roots deeply set in Cuba this programme takes inspiration from the African, Spanish, Latin American and European cultural mix that reflects the diverse and eclectic fusion that is Cuba today. Combined with the magical setting of Castle Peralada on a Spanish summer’s evening, this programme is set to be truly memorable.

Tour Details:
Friday 26 – Sat 27 July 2024
Peralada Festival

Carlos Acosta Carmen

2 – 6 July 2024

Valid Productions is excited to be at Sadler’s Wells in July 2024 with the amazing Carlos Acosta CBE and the world premiere of his newly extended production of Carmen. Carlos and the outstanding dancers from Acosta Danza take the original Carmen story by Georges Bizet and Prosper Mérimée, presenting the timeless themes of passion, love, jealousy and obsession in a fresh and powerful staging that is sure to mesmerise audiences and delight them with the story anew.

Tour Details:

Tue 2 – Sat 6 July 2024
Sadler’s Wells London


In July and August 2022, Acosta Danza will be performing Tocororo Suite at a number of venues across Spain. Tocororo Suite comprises a suite of dances taken from Tocororo: A Cuban Tale, which was Carlos Acosta’s first dance theatre piece that he choreographed and starred in. It received its premiere in 2003 at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso in Havana, Cuba. It was later nominated for an Olivier.

The performances for this tour are:

22nd & 23rd July
Teatro Jovellanos de Gijón

29th July
Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca

5th August
Auditorio Municipal Parque Almansa (San Javier)

8th August
Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria

11th August
Teatro Romano de Sagunto

Acosta Danza – 100% Cuban Tour Spring 2022

Acosta Danza return with a programme of new and existing exceptional works. Back by popular demand are, Paysage, soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Impronta, which was created specially for Acosta Danza by Spanish choreographer Maria Rovira. Making their UK premieres are Hybrid, by the award-winning Cuban Norge Cedeno, Liberto by Acosta Danza dancer and choreographer Raul Reinoso, and De Punta a Cabo by Alexis Fernandez, set against the backdrop of the coast of Havana.

Tour details below:

Wed 9 – Sat 12 Feb 2022
Sadler’s Wells London

Tue 15 – Wed 16 Feb 2022
Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

Tue 22 – Wed 23 Feb 2022
The Lowry Salford Quays

Fri 25 – Sat 26 Feb 2022
Hull New Theatre

Tue 1 – Wed 2 Mar 2022
Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

Fri 4 – Sat 5 Mar 2022
Theatre Royal Plymouth

On Before Tour 2021

Valid Productions and its co-producing partner Norwich Theatre are delighted to announce that they will re-mount and tour On Before, an intensely personal evening of dance conceived, directed and performed by legendary Cuban dancer, Carlos Acosta CBE, as UK venues re-open in July and August 2021 emerging from the cultural crisis. We are honoured to be working together with Norwich Theatre for their first ever touring production.

The production will open for two nights at Norwich Theatre Royal from Friday 16 July, before touring to The Lowry, Salford (21-22 July), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (3-4 August) and The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (6-7 August).

First conceived by Carlos Acosta in 2010, On Before is an homage to Carlos’ late mother and the most personal work he has ever created. It features choreography by world-renowned artists including Russell Maliphant, Kim Banstrup and Will Tuckett, alongside Carlos’ own choreography. The show sees Carlos Acosta perform as both a soloist and alongside Laura Rodriguez, a founding member of his Cuban dance company, Acosta Danza. A powerful story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman, On Before is set to a diverse musical repertoire ranging from Handel to Cuban contemporary composer Omar Puente and culminating in a moving finale featuring a live choir performing Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.

Tour details below:

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th July
Norwich Theatre Royal

Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd July
The Lowry, Salford

Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th August
Mayflower TheatreSouthampton

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th August
The Marlowe TheatreCanterbury

UK Tour Spring 2020

International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta and his critically acclaimed Cuban company Acosta Danza perform a programme of new and existing works.

Acosta makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The company also perform new work, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg. Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui completes the bill with masterpiece Faun, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney.

More information on the tour at

Tour details below:

3 & 4 March at 7.30pm
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

6 & 7 March at 8pm
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

10 & 11 March at 7.30pm
Eden Court, Inverness

13 & 14 March at 7.30pm
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

17 & 18 March at 7.30pm
Brighton Dome

20 & 21 March at 7.30pm
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

24 & 25 March at 7.30pm
The Lowry, Salford Quays

27 & 28 March at 7.30pm
Plymouth Theatre Royal

7 & 8 April at 7.30pm
Theatre Royal, Newcastle

10 & 11 April at 8pm
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

13-24 February 2020

Carlos Acosta’s own dance company is drawn from the best of Cuba’s dancers and performs a distinctive repertory that combines national and international flavours in technique, choreography and music. As a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, Acosta Danza is no stranger to London, and on this occasion the company will be seen in a distinctive light through a programme of intimate works whose scale and mood is perfectly attuned to the performing space of the Linbury Theatre.

These works are performed together:
  • Soledad
  • El Cruce Sobre el Niàgara
  • New Juliano Nunes
  • Impronta
  • Two

13th-24th Feb: Linbury Theatre, London

29th-30th November 2019

After a critically acclaimed national and international tour, Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company bring a programme of new and existing works to Luxembourg. For this tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, the vibrant Cuban company will perform new and existing ballet and contemporary works, including Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer, Pontus Lidberg; iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones; and a new work by Juanjo Arques.

29th-30th November 2019: Luxembourg

18th-23rd November 2019

After a critically acclaimed national and international tour, Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company bring a second programme of new and existing works to Sadler’s Wells. Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The Company also perform new works, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Satori, by breakthrough Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso.

Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui completes the bill with masterpiece Faun, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney.

18th-23rd November 2019: Sadler’s Wells, London