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Earlier this year Northern Ballet's Royal Patron, Prince Edward, or to give him his full title, HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, attended a performance of Cleopatra with his wife The Countess of Wessex at Sadler's Wells.
Through the night of the London premiere the stars told us what they thought of the production... Frances Barber I thought it was absolutely fantastic. Absolutely stunning. I have played Cleopatra so I followed every single moment and wish that in my dreams I could have ever been as elegant as the Cleopatra tonight. It was absolutely marvellous. Loved it.
Filmed by Zsolt Sandor here's some footage from Claude-Michel Schonberg & David Nixon's Cleopatra. Music is performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia and the dancers in this film include Martha Leebolt as Cleopatra, Javier Torres as Caesar, Tobias Batley as Antony, Kenneth Tindall as Wadjet and Hannah Bateman as Octavia.
On 15 October 2010 Zsolt Sándor began filming of a short documentary about the making of Claude-Michel Schönberg and David Nixon's Cleopatra for Northern Ballet.
Filmed at Hull New Theatre in March 2011, this is a short exceprt from Northern Ballet's new production of Cleopatra currently touring the country. Music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables) and performed by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. In the video you can see Javier Torres as Caesar and the award-winning Martha Leebolt as Cleopatra in a pas de deux from Act 1 of the ballet.
Audience reaction to Cleopatra after the première at Leeds Grand Theatre on 26 February, 2011. Filmed & edited by Thomas Orchard-Webb, interviewer Aled Roberts. Thank you to everyone who participated in the filming.
Cleopatra premiered Saturday 26 February at Leeds Grand Theatre. The atmosphere was electric and the response from the audience phenomenal - here's some of the feedback recieved about the performance on Facebook and Twitter. Absolutely loved cleopatra, it's touring soon, go & watch! Northern Ballet.
This article was originally published in February 2011. It takes no great leap of the imagination to visualise a woman undulating to music on a stage when the character embodied is Cleopatra.
This article was originally published in February 2011. Cleopatra may have been born in 69BCE but she has remained a powerful icon ever since. Arguably no other figure in ancient history has been depicted so widely as this fascinating, and powerful woman. Join us as we take a trip through her most enduring incarnations on stage, in film, fashion, the world of celebrity and, of course, dance.


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