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A story of sexual power, cruelty and deceit. 

In 18th century France, letters fly between the mansions of two bored aristocrats as they spin a web of heartbreak and ruin. It might seem like a game, but lives will be ruined and love irrevocably lost.

From the original scandalous novel, the acclaimed film starring John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer and iconic retelling Cruel Intentions, this dangerous story has been thrilling audiences for over 200 years. 

Now Northern Ballet bring their bodice-ripping adaptation back to the stage.  

Performed with minimal set and full costumes, the ballet is set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. 

You’ll feel every heartbeat of this intimate performance.

Age guidance: 12+

Contains scenes of a sexual nature and sexual violence including a rape scene.

Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes (approximately)

Performances will be socially distanced. Audience members must wear a face covering (unless exempt). Performances are subject to cancellation or change dependent upon changes to Government guidelines around COVID-19.

'Northern Ballet is back with a bang'
The Telegraph
'wild and wicked choreography'
The Jewish Chronicle
'…a most enjoyable evening in the theatre'
Culture Whisper
‘Northern Ballet dancers ... never cease to impress’
The Scotsman
Sarah Chun as Courtesan Emilie and Joseph Taylor as Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Emma Kauldhar
Mlindi Kulashe as Valmont and Ayami Miyata as Madame de Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Riku Ito
Mlindi Kulashe as Valmont and Kyungka Kwak as Courtesan Emilie in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Riku Ito
Ashley Dixon as Gercourt in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Emma Kauldhar
Antoinette Brooks-Daw as Madame de Tourvel and Joseph Taylor as Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Emma Kauldhar

Creative Team

Choreography & Costume Design
  • Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • Antonio Vivaldi
Lighting Design

Photos by Emma Kauldhar.

Also available to book: Contemporary Cuts 2021 at Sadler's Wells on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 June. Featuring excerpts from 1984 and Jane Eyre, plus the London premiere of Kenneth Tindall's States of Mind and Amaury Lebrun's For an Instant.

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