COVID-19: Latest update

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 16 March with updated advice regarding COVID-19, many of our tour venues have taken the decision to close for the foreseeable future. As a result, Northern Ballet regrets that a number of our performances have been cancelled. A list of affected performances can be found below.

Whilst we appreciate there will be some disappointment, the health and safety of our employees, audiences and tour venue staff is paramount. This is a difficult situation for our industry and Northern Ballet will continue to work in partnership with our venues and follow advice from Public Health England in this matter.

Audiences with tickets booked to affected performances will be contacted by the venue with information on their options as soon as possible. Audiences are urged not to contact the Box Office directly as they will be dealing with a high volume of enquiries.

Northern Ballet is a registered charity and provides employment to hundreds of artists, musicians, creative collaborators, technicians, costumiers and administrative staff. Like many organisations in the arts and beyond, this unprecedented situation will significantly impact the Company financially and mean that we will be more dependent than ever on donations and philanthropic support. This support is essential to maintain our workforce during this difficult period and continue with our productions and projects once this threat to public health has subsided.

As such, we would ask that audiences with tickets to cancelled performances consider, where you are able, to choose not to claim a refund.

You can also support us via our giving pages:

This is a complex and fast-moving situation that we are monitoring carefully. Further updates will be posted to this page as appropriate.

The following Northern Ballet performances have been cancelled:

  • Geisha, Leeds Grand Theatre: 17 – 21 March 2020
  • Geisha, Sheffield Lyceum Theatre: 24 – 28 March 2020
  • Geisha, London Sadler’s Wells: 21 – 25 April 2020
  • Geisha, Cardiff New Theatre: 12 - 16 May 2020
  • Cinderella, Leicester Curve: 24 – 28 March 2020
  • Three Short Ballets, Newcastle Northern Stage: 17 – 18 April 2020
  • Cinderella, Milton Keynes Theatre: 28 April – 2 May 2020
  • Little Red Riding Hood, All venues: 31 March – 30 May 2020

Whilst the majority of our tour venues have closed or suspended performances currently, it is unclear as to when the theatres expect to recommence performances. Therefore, unless detailed above, the remainder of our performances for 2020 are still scheduled to take place. As the situation develops, this page will be updated should further cancellations occur.

Last updated 10:00 on Friday 3 April 2020.