Michela Paolacci as Cinderella. Photo Jason Tozer.

A beautiful summer’s day turns into tragedy. Devastated by the loss of her father, and excluded by her cruel stepmother and sisters, Cinderella finds solace on the frozen lake where she first sees her Prince Charming.

As romance blossoms, a magical encounter in a market place changes Cinderella’s destiny.

Journey through elegant Russia, with breathtaking winter scenes and opulent ballrooms created by Duncan Hayler (Beauty & the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). With a new score from Phillip Feeney played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, you will not want to miss this unforgettable ballet.

Please note that this production contains short periods of flashing and strobe lighting effects.

Set in Imperial Russia at a time when superstitious people believe in the possibility of magic, Northern Ballet’s new adaptation of this classic fairytale sees heartbreak turn to joy as the unstoppable power of young love conquers all.

Running time

  • Act 1 55 minutes
  • 20 minute interval
  • Act 2 50 minutes
  • Total running time approximately 2 hours 5 minutes

This production contains flashing and strobe lighting effects.

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Cinderella. Photo Jason Tozer.

Choosing music for Cinderella

Northern Ballet Music Director, John Pryce-Jones, tells us about the process of selecting a composer for an original score for a new ballet. In 2013 we commissioned Philip Feeney to create a new score for David Nixon OBE's new version of Cinderella.


Cinderella circus school

The end of last week and all through this week our dancers are taking part in a different kind of training to normal - they're being taught the fine art of circus performing with Greentop Circus for some special scenes in Cinderella.

Our dancers have been taking snaps from inside the studios...

Photos by dancers Tobias Batley & Kenneth Tindall.


Cinderella colouring sheet

Download and print off our Cinderella sheet and use paints, pencils, crayons, glitter, feathers, or anything else you have to make her a dress worthy of going to the ball...

Click to download the Cinderella colouring in sheet

Take a photo or scan your work and email it to and we'll include it in a gallery of our favourites!


Cinderella family workshop

Treat your family to a special day out with a fun, creative movement workshop based on Cinderella at Northern Ballet’s headquarters on Quarry Hill.

Happy children in a workshop

  • Sunday 22 December from 1pm
  • At Northern Ballet
  • £15 per child
  • book now

The hour long workshop exploring the story and characters from the production offers you a chance to learn some steps from the production and enjoy some creative play together as a family.

The workshop will be followed by a Christmas afternoon tea, craft activities and face painting before heading to Leeds Grand Theatre (which is just a 15 minute walk away) to watch the 4pm performance. (Does not include a ticket to the performance). Please note: Tickets for the workshop can be purchased without a ticket/s for Cinderella.

Places are £15 per child, in addition to a ticket for the performance, with parents participating free of charge.

The workshop is open to children of all ages (recommended 4+) and no previous dance experience is necessary.

Places just need to be booked for children not adults but adults MUST stay with their children.

To book call Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2701.

Please note the workshop takes place at Northern Ballet’s home on Quarry Hill.


Cinderella poster photos

Jason Tozer took some amazing pictures for us to user on our posters for Cinderella, here's just a few...

Michela Paolacci. Photo Jason Tozer. Isaac Lee-Baker and Michela Paolacci. Photo Jason Tozer.
Isaac Lee-Baker and Michela Paolacci. Photo Jason Tozer. Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Ashley Dixon. Photo Jason Tozer.

All photos in this gallery Jason Tozer.

Featured dancers include...


Circus training

Our dancers are training hard for Cinderella, but it isn't all barre work... Photographer Justin Slee was on hand when Greentop Circus came to our home to teach us circus skills...

Mlindi Kulashe. Photo Justin Slee.
Matthew Koon. Photo Justin Slee. Ashley Dixon. Photo Justin Slee.
Matthew Broadbent. Photo Justin Slee. Joseph Taylor. Photo Justin Slee.
Sebastian Loe. Photo Justin Slee.
Sean Bates, Joseph Taylor and Daniel de Andrade. Photo Justin Slee. Matthew Koon. Photo Justin Slee.
Giuliano Contadini and Nicola Gervasi. Photo Justin Slee. Sebastian Loe. Photo Justin Slee.

All photos in this gallery Justin Slee.

Featured dancers include...



A special crossword made especially for younger ballet fans.


Rehearsal photos

In November 2013 photographer Justin Slee came to our home to photograph the on-going rehearsals for Cinderella...

Northern Ballet dancer Dreda Blow in rehearsals for Cinderella. Photo Justin Slee.
Choreographer David Nixon OBE rehearsing with Martha Leebolt. Photo Justin Slee.
Abigail Prudames. Photo Justin Slee. Hironao Takahashi & Antoinette Brooks Daw. Photo Justin Slee. Michela Paolacci and Matthew Topliss. Photo Justin Slee.
Northern Ballet dancer Abigail Prudames rehearsing Cinderella. Photo Justin Slee.
Northern Ballet dancers Jeremy Curnier & Antoinette Brooks-Daw. Photo Justin Slee.
Dreda Blow. Photo Justin Slee. Martha Leebolt. Photo Justin Slee. Javier Torres & Martha Leebolt. Photo Justin Slee.
Northern Ballet dancer Giuliano Contadini in Cinderella rehearsals. Photo Justin Slee.
Ashley dixon, Rachael Gillespie & Mariana Rodrigues being advised by Ballet Mistress Yoko Ichino. Photo Justin Slee.

All photos Justin Slee.

Featured in these photos Martha Leebolt, Dreda Blow, Michela Paolacci, Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Rachael Gillespie, Abigail Prudames, Mariana Rodrigues, Hironao Takahashi, Tobias Batley, Javier Torres, Ashley Dixon, Giuliano Contadini, Jeremy Curnier, Matthew Topliss, David Nixon OBE and Yoko Ichino.


When the circus came to town

Northern Ballet dancers have been learning some new skills ready for the première of David Nixon's new ballet, Cinderella.

Greentop Circus came to our home in Leeds to teach us stilt-walking, poi, diabolo, flower sticks, juggling and more!