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Tobias Batley as Mark Antony in Northern Ballet's Cleopatra. Photo Bill Cooper.
Prologue Cleopatra chants to the gods, summoning the God Wadjet, protector of the Pharaohs. With his kiss comes ultimate freedom and a place with the gods. He slowly appears in the form of a snake and slithers across her breast, before taking a human form. Wadjet holds Cleopatra firmly in his arms, drawing her closer. A shaft of light suddenly breaks through, revealing a golden throne. This is the throne of the Egyptian Pharaohs and that of the Ptolemys – Cleopatra’s family.
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Northern Ballet's most powerful heroine returns to the stage in 2014 Northern Ballet launches its spring 2014 tour with the return of one of the most infamous women in history. Cleopatra is back in a season of stunning ballet that also includes performances of the Company’s new production, Cinderella, and the continued revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Cleopatra brought out the stars to enjoy Northern Ballet's new production - from Beverley Knight to Chloe Moretz, Lorraine Kelly to Elen Rives...
This interview was originally published in 2011. Why did you choose to make a ballet of Cleopatra? I've been interested in Cleopatra and that period for a long time. Two-thousand years later she is as popular as she ever was, in fact more so. I think the legend and the mystery of the woman grows rather than lessens.
Watch our videos of Claude-Michel Schönberg & David Nixon's Cleopatra. Click a title to see the video...
Enjoy this selection of these Cleopatra rehearsal photos taken by Justin Slee ahead of the première in February 2011.
Here are a selection of images used for our Cleopatra posters, featuring Martha Leebolt & Tobias Batley and taken by Jason Tozer.


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