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Northern Ballet announces enchanting new ballet for children

Press release date 
Wed 16 Apr 2014

On the eve of the television broadcast of Three Little Pigs, Northern Ballet announces that their much-anticipated new ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker, will première in Leeds this October.

Elves & the Shoemaker is the latest in Northern Ballet’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People which already includes the hugely popular Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs. The ballet has been created to introduce families and young children to live dance, music and theatre. It will be performed in venues across Leeds before touring widely across the North of England and joining theatres on Northern Ballet’s national tour across the UK. 

Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story about a poor and hard-working shoemaker who receives some much-needed help from two elves, this enchanting, colourful and heart-warming production will last approximately 40 minutes. Choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Ballet Master Daniel de Andrade, Elves & the Shoemaker will be set to an original score by composer Philip Feeney with set designs by Ali Allen

Selina McGonagle, Director of Learning at Northern Ballet, said, ‘We are very excited about our next Short Ballet Elves & the Shoemaker. We hope it gives more young children and families the opportunity to visit the theatre and see ballet for the first time.’

Ugly Duckling was a sell-out success on tour and became a BAFTA award-winning TV adaptation for CBeebies. Three Little Pigs continues to delight audiences and critics on tour throughout the UK and a CBeebies television adaptation is set to be screened over the Easter weekend.

Since its inception, Northern Ballet’s ballets for children have been seen live by more than 53,000 people and have been seen on TV by hundreds of thousands of people.

Following its première in Leeds in October, Elves & the Shoemaker will tour throughout the UK in spring 2015. 

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Bradford Alhambra Theatre
01274 432000
Newcastle Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21
Woking New Victoria Theatre
0844 871 7645
Manchester Palace Theatre
0844 871 3019
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787
Nottingham Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555
Hull New Theatre
01482 300 300
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
0844 871 7607
Stoke Regent Theatre
0844 871 7649
Bromley Churchill Theatre
08448 717 620
Richmond Theatre
0844 871 7651
Leicester Curve Theatre
0116 242 3595
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
01902 429212
Liverpool Playhouse
0151 709 4776
Blackpool the Grand Theatre
01253 290190
Doncaster Cast
01302 303 959
London Linbury Studio Theatre at Royal Opera House
020 7304 4000
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652
Southampton Mayflower
02380 711811
Norwich Theatre Royal
01603 630 000
Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre
01484 430528
Stirling MacRobert Theatre
01786 466666
Barrow-in-Furness The Forum
01229 820000
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116
Lancaster The Dukes Theatre
01524 598500
Peterborough Key Theatre
01733 207239
Durham Gala Theatre
0300 026 6600
Berwick The Maltings Theatre
01289 330 999
Barnsley Civic
01226 327000
Goole Junction
01405 763 652
Bridlington The Spa
01262 678258
Middlesbrough Theatre
01642 81 51 81
Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
0113 220 8008
Leeds Hunslet Club
0113 220 8008
Leeds The Riley Theatre - NSCD
0113 220 8008

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