Highlights of 2018

In 2018 we performed on stage 211 times to an audience of over 130,000 people. Our online videos have been viewed more than 1.5million times, with TV and DVD releases too.

Here are some of the highlights of our year.

Hannah BAteman and Joseph Taylor in Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre

The year began with a national tour for Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre. Hugely popular with audiences and critics, Cathy will return to the Company in early 2019 to create Victoria

As the Company prepared for the start of the tour, we went Live on Valentines Day with rehearsals of the dramatic Proposal Scene from the ballet.


Las Hermanas / Concerto / Gloria

In March we also performed our triple bill tribute to the great Sir Kenneth MacMillan, this time with a special guest performance from Royal Ballet legend Zenaida Yanowsky.

Northern Ballet dancers in Gloria.

In October we won the UK Theatre Awards Achievement in Dance for our ‘bold and varied programme’, specifically the MacMillan tribute and the world première tour of The Little Mermaid.

Northern Ballet dancers in The Little Mermaid, a ballet by David Nixon.


The Little Mermaid

As well as the UK Theatre Award, The Little Mermaid also won the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Outstanding Achievement in a New Dance Production, after a public vote.

Premièring in September 2017, this breathtaking ballet went on to become one of our most successful UK tours.



At the UK Theatre Awards we were also nominated in two other categories - the Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre and the Award for Promotion of Diversity.

Our achievements in promoting diversity are wide-ranging, with plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, and our annual Expressions festival in July was a wonderful celebration of accessible dance.



Our new Artisitic Director of Digital and Choreographer in Residence Kenneth Tindall has worked regularly with the Company since retiring as Premier Dancer in 2015. In 2017 he created Casanova, which enjoyed a hugely successful national tour.

Giuliano Contadini and Pippa Moore in Casanova, a ballet by Kenneth Tindall.

Casanova was so popular that Sky Arts chose to broadcast it to the nation earlier this year, and now you can watch it on demand through Digital Theatre.


Mixed Programme

Kenneth Tindall produced another new work for the Company in September as he created The Shape of Sound, a 45 minute masterpiece set to Max Richter's reimagining of Vivaldi's iconic The Four Seasons.

The Shape of Sound opened in Leeds alongside two other world premières, The Kingdom of Back, choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, and Mamela..., choreographed by Northern Ballet First Soloist Mlindi Kulashe.

This eclectic triple-bill will return for the final time in April when our full Company perform at Newcastle's Northern Stage for the first time ever.

Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Javier Torres and Mlindi Kulashe in Northern Ballet's The Kingdom of Back


The Three Musketeers

Through the summer we also began rehearsing for the revival of David Nixon OBE's The Three Musketeers. Over ten years had passed since we'd last performed this Olivier-nominated production, but we were still allowed in to the busy studio to film a special birds-eye 360° video of sword-fight rehearsals.

Needless to say, the Company took to this treasured classic like ducks to water. 

‘The finest possible manifestation of popular dance entertainment’ said Dance Europe. 


Ugly Duckling and Puss in Boots

In spring we toured the revival of our original ballet for children Ugly Duckling. Then in October we created a new production, Puss in Boots, which will tour the country in spring 2019.


In 2019 we'll also be racing into cinemas with Tortoise & the Hare, Elves & the Shoemaker and Three Little Pigs.

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This year we also released 1984, a ballet by Jonathan Watkins, on DVD. It'll make a great last-minute Christmas present.


The Nutcracker

Finally, The Nutcracker returned and everyone loved it.

'A fabulous festive ballet' said the Daily Telegraph.

Watch this trailer and tell me you're not feeling Christmassy:

And that was it! A wonderful, action-packed, unforgettable year.

Before you go - if we've helped to create memorable experiences for you and your loved ones this year, give a little to our Making Memories Christmas Appeal and help us to keep working with Marting House Children's and Young People's Hospice.

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Merry Christmas!