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Great Gothic Evening at Leeds Central Library

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With our upcoming production of Dracula at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, last week we ran an event in collaboration with Leeds Central Library to show appreciation for all things gothic and supernatural and to address why Dracula is still as popular as ever in today’s arts and culture.

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.

Revamping Dracula's wardrobe

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As Dracula prepared to return for the first time in five years, we spoke to Senior Wardrobe Manager Mikhaila Pye to find out just what it takes to get our dancers on stage in their Victorian finest...

How soon do you start preparing the wardrobe for the revival of a production?

We start planning the wardrobe for a revival as soon as possible, or as soon as we get the casting for a production. We got the Dracula costumes back from storage before the summer break at the end of June.

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