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This week in Northern Ballet

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The dancers have been back since the end of July, but today there is something of the first day of term in the air.

Dracula opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday, running till Saturday 13 September. The Technical Team are there already laying the floor, installing the sets and lighting. The dancers will be there on Thursday for technical and dress rehearsals before the curtain goes up on Friday night.

From the Archive - Swan Lake 1992

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In 1992 Dennis Wayne choreographed a new Swan Lake using Tchaikovsky's score. The production was incredibly popular – it sold out much of it's thirty-plus city run, including two weeks in London.

This week's photo from the archive features dancers Jayne Regan and William Walker as Odette and Prince Siegfried, taken by Anthony Crickmay.

From the archive - Sleeping Beauty 1984

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In 1984 Northern Ballet Theatre (as we were known then) under the artistic direction of Robert de Warren restaged a classic version of Sleeping Beauty to the choreography of Marius Petipa.

Yoko Shimitzu and Olivier Munez in Sleeping Beauty. Photo Linda Rich, 1984

This photo features Yoko Shimitzu and Olivier Munez as Princess Aurora and Prince Desire, taken by Linda Rich.

Shakespeare's 450th

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It's 450 years since the birth of William Shakespeare, and his works are far from being dead as a doornail (Henry VI Part II). In fact his words will live on forever and a day (As You Like It).

In our repertoire we have three productions based on the plays of Shakespeare - Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet.

Laverne Meyer in class

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Northern Ballet's founder (originally Northern Dance Theatre) and first Artistic Director, Laverne Meyer, in Company class at our first home at the Zion Institute, Stretford Road, Manchester.

LAverne Meyer in Company Class at Manchester.

Photographer and date not recorded, if you know then please contact us.

Christopher Gable and Princess Margaret

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For our Open House last Saturday (15 Feb 2014) brave souls went into our archive to see what treasures lie within - and some real treasures were found!

Not least of which this candid photo of Princess Margaret and Christopher Gable on stage at Bath Theatre Royal after a performance of A Simple Man.

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