Northern Ballet is bringing a spectacular season of magical ballet to ten venues around the UK on its second national tour of the year.
The season opens with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds on Friday 6 September, which then tours to Newcastle Theatre Royal (17 – 21 Sep), Woking New Victoria Theatre (24 – 28 Sep) and Nottingham Theatre Royal (1 – 5 Oct).
This will be followed by one of Northern Ballet’s best-loved productions, A Christmas Carol, which will be performed at Norwich Theatre Royal (9 – 12 Oct), Canterbury Marlowe Theatre (29 Oct – 2 Nov), Sheffield Lyceum Theatre (5 – 9 Nov), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (13 – 16 Nov) and Manchester Palace Theatre (19 – 23 Nov).
Three Little Pigs is the second production in Northern Ballet’s series of Short Ballets for Small People. It will be performed in three Leeds venues, The Hunslet Club (20 Oct), The Riley Theatre (26 Oct) and the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre (28 Oct – 2 Nov).
Finally, Northern Ballet returns home for Christmas with a new production for the whole family. David Nixon’s Cinderella will have its World Première at Leeds Grand Theatre on Tuesday 17 December where it will be performed until Saturday 4 January.
Olivier-nominated A Midsummer Night’s Dream sees the romantic antics of a touring dance company played out as it travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh. The choreography by David Nixon OBE brings out the comedy, romance and complexity of this enchanting story. His Dior-inspired costumes, along with stylish black and white sets provide a dazzling contrast to the glorious technicolour of the dreamworld. The ballet is performed to music by Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms, arranged by John Longstaff and performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
Originally choreographed by Massimo Moricone and directed by Christopher Gable, A Christmas Carol is a sumptuous parcel of theatre, musical and ballet. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from mealy-mouthed skin-flint to the most famous champion of Christmas spirit. Scrooge journeys through time to be confronted by ghostly visions from his past, present and future. Lez Brotherston’s colourful sets and costumes conjure up a traditional Victorian Christmas, and are perfectly complemented by Carl Davis’ festive score, which blends classical music, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, with well-known Christmas carols sung by the Company.
Northern Ballet’s series Short Ballets for Small People has been created to introduce families and young children to live dance, music and theatre. Three Little Pigs follows the sell-out success of Ugly Duckling which toured to over twenty venues and delighted audiences and critics. Three Little Pigs tells the famous story of how the pigs overcome the Big Bad Wolf in a colourful, funny and entertaining 40 minute performance, with tickets priced at £4 and £5.
Cinderella is David Nixon’s second new full-length ballet in 2013 for Northern Ballet. Devastated by the loss of her father and excluded by her evil step mother and spoilt sisters, Cinderella finds solace on the frozen lake. When she meets her Prince Charming and experiences a magical encounter in a market place Cinderella’s destiny changes forever.