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Beauty & the Beast

At Leeds Grand Theatre on December 17, 2012 Northern Ballet premièred David Nixon's Beauty & the Beast. After the performance Aled Roberts asked the audience what they thought of the production with Austin Cardwell filming. This is what the audience told us...
Interview with Duncan Hayler, the set designer for Northern Ballet's new production of Beauty & the Beast, discusses the project and provides some tantilising hints as to what we can expect to see.
Here's Ashley Dixon being made up as The Beast before the Beauty & the Beast fashion parade in October 2011.
On 20 October, 2011, our home in Leeds played host to a fashion show of costumes from our new production of Beauty & the Beast.
On 20 October group bookers from Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were invited to a very special evening at Northern Ballet. The atrium of our new home was buzzing as over 130 guests gathered – champagne flowed as anticipation rose.
These images feature Martha Leebolt as Beauty with Ashley Dixon as the Beast. Photos by Jason Tozer.
Once upon a time there lived a handsome prince whose heart had been bewitched by an evil fairy, La Feé Misérable. She had turned the prince into an evil man, enslaving the people of his court. When the good fairy, La Bonne Feé, arrived at the castle she was dismayed by La Feé Misérable's wicked deeds.
A handsome Prince is transformed into a Beast as punishment for his ugly arrogance. Only true love can break the spell – but who could love a monster like him? A beautiful young woman is sent to live with the Beast. Afraid at first she soon learns that she has nothing to fear except that the Beast longs for a love she cannot return. As this classic story unfolds in an enchanting world inhabited by fairies, sprites and goblins, we discover that beauty is more than skin deep.
John Longstaff
John was born in Lancashire and educated at Girton College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with numerous companies including: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Northern Ballet (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director), Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor), Young Opera Venture (musical director) and St. Peter’s Church, Harrogate (Director of Music). 
David Nixon, OBE
David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001. David trained as a dancer, first in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his training began in earnest. It was during his time there that he first became interested in choreography, helping to revive a choreographic workshop with the approval of school director Betty Oliphant. After further training in Europe he returned to Canada to train with Erik Bruhn and the great Russian teacher, Eugene Valukin.


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