Casanova
Leeds Grand Theatre
World Première
0844 848 2700*
Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary.
Show Times
M T W T F S S
6
7
8
9
10
11
7.30
12
13
14
7.30
15
7.30
16
2.30
7.30
17
7.30
18
2.30
7.30
19
Casanova
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
0131 529 6000
Show Times
M T W T F S S
20
21
22
23
7.30
24
7.30
25
2.30
7.30
26
Casanova
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000
Show Times
M T W T F S S
27
28
7.45
29
7.45
30
2.00
7.45
31
7.45
1
3.00
7.45
2
Casanova
Norwich Theatre Royal
01603 630 000
Show Times
M T W T F S S
3
4
7.30
5
7.30
6
2.30
7.30
7
7.30
8
2.30
7.30
9
Casanova
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652*
Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary.
Show Times
M T W T F S S
17
18
19
7.30
20
2.30
7.30
21
7.30
22
2.30
7.30
23
Casanova
Cardiff New Theatre
029 2087 8889
Show Times
M T W T F S S
24
25
7.30
26
7.30
27
2.30
7.30
28
7.30
29
2.30
7.30
30
Casanova
Salford The Lowry
0843 208 6010*
Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary.
Show Times
M T W T F S S
1
2
3
7.30
4
2.00
7.30
5
7.30
6
2.00
7.30
7
Casanova
London Sadler's Wells
020 7863 8000
Show Times
M T W T F S S
8
9
7.30
10
7.30
11
2.30
7.30
12
7.30
13
2.30
7.30
14

Dates, times and productions are subject to change without notice.

On Wednesday 15 February we invited audiences to look behind-the-scenes of Casanova with choreographer Kenneth Tindall, biographer Ian Kelly and Artistic Director David Nixon. Watch the event again below.

In this original ballet, we’ll be unmasking Casanova to expose his story – with all the scandal you’d expect from a man who lived every minute in a whirlwind of excess.

Casanova Trailer
  • Overview
  • Act I – Venice
  • Act II – Paris

Overview

‘Be the flame, not the moth’

Throw caution to the wind. Be led into temptation. Unmask Casanova with Northern Ballet.

Consumed by his desires, Casanova lived every minute in a whirlwind of scandal and excess. But there’s more to the man. This original ballet will expose a story so sensational you won’t believe it’s real.

This spine-tingling spectacle of 18th century decadence will flood your senses and take your breath away.

Act I – Venice

Opening

A mass in honour of the new French Ambassador Cardinal de Bernis. Among the church clerics is aspiring priest Giacomo Casanova who has arrived late with his pupils the Savorgnan sisters. In the congregation is Father Balbi who has with him a book forbidden by the church. Balbi gives the book to a curious Casanova. After the mass the Three Inquisitors accost Balbi believing him to be still in possession of the forbidden book.

Later, Casanova is seduced by the Savorgnan sisters. They are discovered, and Casanova is forced to forgo his church career. He is left with only his violin and book.

Bragadin’s Masquerade

Casanova joins a group of musicians auditioning to form an orchestra for Senator Bragadin’s masquerade ball. Casanova earns a place as does Manon Balletti, a cellist. Despite the arrival of his guests, Bragadin is more interested in his attractive new violinist, Casanova. Casanova becomes increasingly intrigued by the cellist Balletti, and at the end of the evening, after the orchestra is paid, they leave together.

Palazzo Bragadin

On their way to find a gondola, Casanova and Balletti are set upon by thieves. She escapes but Casanova is robbed of his wages – though not his book – and left for dead. Bragadin appears. He takes Casanova back to his palazzo, tends to his wounds and shows him his library of philosophical and forbidden works. Bragadin attempts to seduce Casanova but his efforts are curtailed when the senator suffers a stroke. Casanova administers basic medical aid, guided by his book. Bragadin credits Casanova with his recovery and declares him his heir. Casanova’s elevated status does not go unnoticed by the Three Inquisitors.

Thanksgiving Mass

A mass is said in celebration of Bragadin’s recovery, presided over by Cardinal de Bernis. As Casanova leaves, a note from a nun ‘M.M’ is passed to him. Meanwhile at the prison of the Inquisition, under torture to confess who has the forbidden book, Father Balbi gives up Casanova’s name. Cardinal de Bernis’ Apartment Following the instructions on the note, Casanova arrives at Cardinal de Bernis’ luxurious private apartments. M.M. arrives and sets about a staged seduction of Casanova for the benefit of her hidden lover, the voyeur de Bernis. Suddenly they are interrupted by Bragadin who warns Casanova that the Inquisition is coming for him. Casanova tries to flee Venice but he is caught and imprisoned.

Act II – Paris

Bellino and Henriette

Two women, Bellino and Henriette are leading almost parallel lives. Bellino’s brother persuades her to dress like him so she can masquerade as a male castrato singer. Elsewhere Henriette is subjected to violent abuse by her husband. She dresses as a soldier and flees, leaving her baby.

At the Gaming Table

At a Paris gaming salon a poorly dressed hustler, Casanova, attracts attention as he tells the story of his escape from prison, moving from table to table advising the players on tactics. Madame de Pompadour arrives and in the corner a group of soldiers sit, including the disguised Henriette who intrigues Casanova but flees when her husband enters. Observing everything, Madame de Pompadour asks Casanova to be brought over where he tells her the story of his escape. Feeling they are kindred spirits she takes him to Versailles and becomes his benefactor.

Casanova, now rich, carefree and reckless, sets about the social and sexual conquest of Paris.

Dancing on the Precipice

Casanova throws a party. He auditions musicians and amongst them is his old acquaintance Balletti. Bellino too earns a place and Casanova, uncertain of her true gender, is perturbed and intrigued by her. A great party ensues but as it comes to a close, Casanova is left on his own. He picks up a book and begins to write.

Casanova’s Apartment

Casanova poses at his desk while an artist paints his portrait. He is determined to be depicted as an intellectual.

Bellino arrives, admires Casanova’s serious intents as a writer and in turn shares her secret – that she is a woman. Liberated, she leaves. Casanova returns to his writings and works feverishly before gathering his papers to take to the printers.

Casanova stumbles into Henriette. She reveals her tragic story and moved, Casanova offers her shelter…and more. Madame de Pompadour arrives; she has arranged a meeting between Casanova and Voltaire. Suspecting Casanova is hiding someone, she and Voltaire leave. Casanova begs Henriette to wait for him and rushes off after Voltaire to whom he confidently explains his theory of cubic geometry, only to be mocked.

Despair

In Casanova’s absence Henriette’s husband arrives and convinces her to leave with him. Casanova returns to his apartment and finds Henriette has gone with only a letter left behind. Despondent, he attempts to escape into the world of sensuality.

Henriette unexpectedly returns and, finding her worst fears about Casanova confirmed, rejects him forever.

Increasingly haunted by visions of his past, Casanova goes to throw himself into the abyss.

The Writer

A single page flutters down and Casanova is brought back from the brink by the simple thought of writing. Former lovers and figures from his past dance in his mind’s eye, the human touch of history to be memorialised in his History of My Life.

  • Overview
  • Act I – Venice
  • Act II – Paris
Casanova Costume Appeal

DONATE NOW

2017 is an exciting and ambitious year for Northern Ballet, with the creation of three dynamic new productions which will tour the UK.

To open this unprecedented year of new work, Northern Ballet is bringing to life history’s most notorious lover, Casanova. The first full-length ballet from award-winning choreographer and former Northern Ballet  Principal Dancer, Kenneth Tindall, Casanova will tell a sensational story of scandal and excess, transporting audiences into the decadent 18th century.

Casanova - design by Christopher OramPompadour - design by Christopher OramGambler - design Christopher OramCourtesan - design Christopher Oram

The creation of exquisite costumes are central in helping to tell a story and Set & Costume Designer, Christopher Oram, has been working tirelessly with Northern Ballet’s Wardrobe team to make this happen. With 60 individually crafted opulent powdered wigs and 120 dazzling masks to be made, over 800 pointe shoes to be dyed, and hundreds of metres of ribbons, silk bows, frills, and rosettes needed for the finishing touches – they certainly have their work cut out!

You too can play your part in helping to create lavish, long-lasting costumes for our dancers by donating to our Casanova Costume Appeal.

Any donation, no matter the size, will make a real difference. A gift of:

  • £25 could buy a fabric-covered feathered Venetian mask
  • £100 could create a hand-stitched organza ruff for a Castrato singer of Venice
  • £250 could buy a caged skirt pannier for a courtesan lady of Versailles
  • £500 could buy one of ten individual brocade waistcoats for a Venetian masquerader
  • £1,000 could help create Casanova’s diamond-encrusted suit of gold, gifted by the infamous Madame de Pompadour*

These are examples of what your gift could provide. We will ensure your donation is used where the need is greatest.

To say thank you, all gifts will be acknowledged on our website, and collectively in the Casanova programme.

*Moreover, those supporters who make a contribution of £1,000 or more will be invited to afternoon tea with Kenneth Tindall and given a signed coloured sketch of Casanova’s Golden Suit by Christopher Oram.

DONATE NOW

If you would like further information on our Costume Appeal please contact Rebecca Crowther or call 0113 220 8000.

Read on to find out more about the key characters from Casanova.

  • Giacomo Casanova

    Trainee priest and aspiring writer, polymath and musician. A man of vast intellectual, creative and sexual energy, he is nevertheless plagued by depression and by an insecurity that the world may never take him, or his writings, seriously. 

    Character sponsored by
    Fazenda

  • The Savorgnan Sisters - Nanetta & Marta

    Outwardly innocent musicians and convent girls, they seduce Casanova while he is still a trainee priest and take his virginity.

  • The Three Inquisitors

    Agents of the Venetian Inquisition, helping to suppress political and religious dissent.

  • Senator Bragadin

    Venetian dignitary and socialite. He becomes besotted with Casanova and declares him his heir.

  • Father Balbi

    A renegade priest and radical. 

  • M.M.

    An aristocratic nun. She is mistress to Cardinal de Bernis.

  • Cardinal de Bernis

    French ambassador in Venice. Voyeur. M.M. is his mistress.

  • Manon Balletti

    Cellist and later a courtesan. In love with Casanova and he with her.

  • Bellino

    A woman masquerading as a man in order to work as a castrato (castrated male) singer. She and Casanova fall in love.

  • Madame de Pompadour

    Mistress to King Louis XV and the most powerful woman in France.

    Character sponsored by
    Mrs Jane & Mr Alan Foale

  • Henriette

    Dressed as a soldier in order to run away from an abusive husband, she is torn between her love for Casanova and that for her children.

  • Voltaire

    The French writer and philosopher. He is everything Casanova aspires to be.

Look behind-the-scenes at our photoshoot for Casanova.

Leading Soloist Dreda BlowNorthern Ballet dancers preparing to be photographedLeading Soloist Giuliano ContadiniSoloist Joseph TaylorLeading Soloists Hannah Bateman and Giuliano ContadiniLeading Soloist Giuliano ContadiniLeading Soloist Giuliano Contadini and Jin OngLeading Soloist Dreda BlowWigs Specialist Richard Mawbey and Leading Soloist Hannah BatemanLeading Soloist Giuliano ContadiniLeading Soloist Giuliano ContadiniWigs Specialist Richard Mawbey and Leading Soloist Hannah BatemanJunior Soloist Kevin Poeung

Featuring dancers Dreda Blow, Joseph Taylor, Hannah Bateman, Giuliano Contadini, Kevin Poeung and Nicola Gervasi. Wigs Richard Mawbey, make-up Jin Ong.

Photos Pea and the Bighead.

Trivia

Click on a character to discover more about Casanova...

Events at the theatre

Special events at the theatre for our production of Casanova this tour.

Northern Ballet offers a range of opportunities for you to get a step closer to the company and to find out more about our productions.

Talks and demonstrations give an insight into life in a touring ballet company, offer the chance to see the dancers in training and reveal some of the secrets behind creating a production. And for those with energy or a secret desire to dance, our movement workshops offer you the chance to have a go, learn some new steps and get creative, whatever your ability.

Event Date & price More information
Dancing for the Over 55s Thursday 16 March 2017
£15 or £12 for Friends of Northern Ballet

A gentle movement session on the Leeds Grand Theatre stage including repertoire from the production. You can also join the Northern Ballet Revealed event following the class.

To book call the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2700 (calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary)

Northern Ballet revealed Thursday 16 March 2017
£5 or free for Friends of Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet's Learning Team will give a 30 minute talk about the company, production, costumes and more. After the talk you can watch t he Company take class in the main auditorium.

To book call the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2700 (calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary)

Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 18 March 2017
FREE to ticket holders

For Visually Imapired Patrons and their companions - gain an insight into the production, the movement, costumes and props.

To book call the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2700 (calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary)

Audio described performance Saturday 18 March 2017
Discounts available

Pre-show notes begin 15 minutes before the performance starts. Discounts are available for Visually Impaired Patrons, please book through the box office.

To book call the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2700 (calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary)

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Box Office 0131 529 6000

Typetalk 18001 0131 529 6003

Edinburgh Festival Theatre's website

Event Date & price More information
Post show talk Friday 24 March 2017
FREE to ticket holders

A 30 minute talk from our Artistic Team and two dancers about the Company, the production and more, free to ticket holders.

Event Date & price More information
Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 01 April 2017
FREE to ticket holders

A free event for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain insight into the movement, costumes and props of the production. To book please call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000.

Audio described performance Saturday 01 April 2017
Discounts available

Pre-show notes begine 15 minutes before the performance. Discounted tickets are available through the box office for Visually Imapired Patrons, please call 0114 249 6000.

Norwich Theatre Royal

Box Office 01603 630 000

Minicom 01603 598630

Norwich Theatre Royal's website

Event Date & price More information
Pre-performance talk Wednesday 05 April 2017
FREE but booking essential

Northern Ballet's Learning Team will give a thirty minute talk about the Company, production, costumes and more in the Targetfollow room at Norwich Theatre Royal.

This event is free but is ticketed and places are limited so must be booked in advance. Please book through the Box Office 01603 630000 or the Norwich Theatre Royal Education Department 01603 598623

Limelighters Over 50s Workshop Thursday 06 April 2017
£19.50

Enjoy a dance workshop including moves from the ballet in this 90 minute workshop designed for you. Contact Jason Raper for more information and to book on 01603 598523.

Northern Ballet revealed Thursday 06 April 2017
£5 (Free for Friends of Northern Ballet)

Tickets are £5, or free for Friends of Northern Ballet, available to book through Norwich Theatre Royal's Box Office.

Northern Ballet's Learning team will give a talk about the Company, production, costumes and more followed by the opportunity to watch Company class in the main auditorium.

Book through the Norwich Theatre Royal Education Department 01603 598623

Production Event Thursday 06 April 2017
FREE to ticket holders

After the matinée performance a talk will be given on the main stage by Northern Ballet's Technical and Stage Management Teams about the set, lighting and running of the show.

Event Date & price More information
Youth ballet class workshop Saturday 22 April 2017
£17

This creative ballet workshop is fully accessible to all, regardless of previous experience. Led by a Northern Ballet artist, the session will include a ballet warm up followed by creative tasks exploring characterisation and expression through movement. This is followed by an opportunity watch our company dancers take class on stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with a professional ballet company and develop your dance skills! 

For 11 to 16 year-olds.

To book call the Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office on 0844 871 7652 (calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary)

Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 22 April 2017
FREE to ticket holders

Free for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain an insight into the movement of the ballet and understand the costumes and props more. Please book through the venue Box Office on 0844 871 7652 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge)

Audio described performance Saturday 22 April 2017
Discounts available

Pre-show notes start at 2.15pm. Tickets and dicounts are available through the Box Office for Visually Impaired Patrons. Box Office: 0844 871 7652 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge)

Event Date & price More information
Post show talk Friday 28 April 2017
FREE to ticket holders

A talk about the Company and the production immediately after the show with members of the Artistic team and two dancers.

Event Date & price More information
Post show talk Friday 05 May 2017
FREE to ticket holders

A talk about the Company and the production given by the artistic team and two dancers after the performance.

Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 06 May 2017
FREE to ticket holders

Free for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain an insight into the movement of the ballet and understand the costumes and props more. Please book through the venue Box Office: 0845 208 6010 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge)

Audio described performance Saturday 06 May 2017
Discounts available

Book for Audio Described performances via the venue Box Office on 0843 208 6010 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's charges). Discounts are available to visually impaired patrons, please ask at the Box Office.

London Sadler's Wells

Box Office 020 7863 8000

Minicom 020 7863 8015

London Sadler's Wells's website

Event Date & price More information
Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 13 May 2017
FREE to ticket holders

Free for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain an insight into the movement of the ballet and understand the set, costumes and props more. Please book through the venue Box Office: 020 7863 8000.

Audio described performance Saturday 13 May 2017
Discounts available

Audio described performances available to book through the venue Box Office: 020 7863 8000. Discounts are available, please ask at the box office when calling.

Audio Described Performances

Casanova will be brought to life through your headset with a live description of the movement, action and drama that takes place on stage.

Each audio described performance is preceded by a Touch Tour Insight with company dancers, which is free to visually impaired patrons and introduces elements of the production to aide in your understanding of the show.

Audio information for Leeds Grand Theatre

Audio information for Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

Audio information for Milton Keynes Theatre

Audio information for Salford, The Lowry

Audio information for London, Sadler's Wells

Event Date & price More information
Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 18 March 2017
FREE to ticket holders

For Visually Imapired Patrons and their companions - gain an insight into the production, the movement, costumes and props.

To book call the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2700 (calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary)

Audio described performance Saturday 18 March 2017
Discounts available

Pre-show notes begin 15 minutes before the performance starts. Discounts are available for Visually Impaired Patrons, please book through the box office.

To book call the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2700 (calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary)

Event Date & price More information
Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 01 April 2017
FREE to ticket holders

A free event for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain insight into the movement, costumes and props of the production. To book please call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000.

Audio described performance Saturday 01 April 2017
Discounts available

Pre-show notes begine 15 minutes before the performance. Discounted tickets are available through the box office for Visually Imapired Patrons, please call 0114 249 6000.

Event Date & price More information
Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 22 April 2017
FREE to ticket holders

Free for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain an insight into the movement of the ballet and understand the costumes and props more. Please book through the venue Box Office on 0844 871 7652 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge)

Audio described performance Saturday 22 April 2017
Discounts available

Pre-show notes start at 2.15pm. Tickets and dicounts are available through the Box Office for Visually Impaired Patrons. Box Office: 0844 871 7652 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge)

Event Date & price More information
Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 06 May 2017
FREE to ticket holders

Free for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain an insight into the movement of the ballet and understand the costumes and props more. Please book through the venue Box Office: 0845 208 6010 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge)

Audio described performance Saturday 06 May 2017
Discounts available

Book for Audio Described performances via the venue Box Office on 0843 208 6010 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's charges). Discounts are available to visually impaired patrons, please ask at the Box Office.

London Sadler's Wells

Box Office 020 7863 8000

Minicom 020 7863 8015

London Sadler's Wells's website

Event Date & price More information
Insight workshop and touch tour for the visually impaired Saturday 13 May 2017
FREE to ticket holders

Free for Visually Impaired Patrons and their companions to gain an insight into the movement of the ballet and understand the set, costumes and props more. Please book through the venue Box Office: 020 7863 8000.

Audio described performance Saturday 13 May 2017
Discounts available

Audio described performances available to book through the venue Box Office: 020 7863 8000. Discounts are available, please ask at the box office when calling.

Running time 2 hours approximately
Act 1 50 mins, 20 min interval, Act 2 50 mins
Running time subject to change

Age guidance: 12+

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