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We began 2020 celebrating 50 years of Northern Ballet's dedication to creating new and innovative productions with plans to bring two new full-length ballets, Geisha and Merlin to audiences nationwide.

However, in place of celebration, we now find ourselves facing the tremendous strain that the Covid-19 pandemic places upon our ability to create, perform and teach ballet. As a result, our 2020 world première of Merlin has been postponed.

Help us bring back the magic of Merlin

In autumn 2021 Merlin will finally make its world première. Following a nationwide tour, we then hope to bring Merlin to the big screen, giving cinema audiences everywhere the opportunity to be part of the magic.

Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, this epic new production will be choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie (Broadway’s King Kong and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom) in his first collaboration with the Company.

Help the magic of Merlin to finally become a reality.


Bringing the magic of dance to everyone, everywhere.

We tour to theatres nationwide and break down barriers to dance with our outreach work. From touch tours and audio described performances for the visually impaired to school performances and insight workshops, we are committed to making our work accessible to everyone.

Help us get back to bringing Northern Ballet magic into people's lives.

If you would like to discover more about the many ways to get involved and support Northern Ballet, please visit our Support Us page or contact Katy Lee from our Development team for a friendly chat by emailing

Photos Guy Farrow, Emma Kauldhar and Justin Slee.