Highlights of 2019

Here are just some of our performance highlights of 2019.


We started the year with our first ever cinema season as our ballet for children Tortoise & the Hare hit the big screen. It was quickly followed by Elves & the Shoemaker and Three Little Pigs in a season of bitesized ballets presented by Anita Rani.

Look out for more of our ballets for children at a cinema near you in 2020.


Ahead of the world première of Victoria we livestreamed a special rehearsal room event with choreographer Cathy Marston.

This new ballet was our first ever co-production with The National Ballet of Canada.


‘A feast of brilliance’ said The Guardian.

Our royal new ballet began its UK tour in Leeds before heading to Sheffield, London, Leicester, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Cardiff and Belfast. 

The production was seen over 33,000 times live on stage. If you missed it, you’ll be able to watch it on BBC Four on Sunday 15 December at 11pm or on BBC iPlayer throughout Christmas.


We launched our Digital Dance platform with two original dance films, Silenced and Spree.

Silenced, choreographed by Northern Ballet dancer Gavin McCaig, would go on to win Best Dance Short at the New Renaissance Film Festival.

Spree, choreographed by former dancer Dreda Blow, was selected at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Keep an eye on our digital dance platform in the new year as our Artistic Director of Digital Kenneth Tindall (Casanova, Geisha) brings his own new film Ego to your screens.


In May David Nixon OBE brought one of his proudest creations back to the stage as the blockbuster ballet The Great Gatsby toured to Southampton and Salford. It will tour again in autumn 2020.

Meanwhile, our ballet for children Puss in Boots was seen by over 18,500 people in 27 towns and cities during its spring tour.


At the end of the spring season we said fond farewells to Premier Dancer Pippa Moore and Music Director John Pryce-Jones, who both retired after magnificent contributions to the Company.

Pippa’s final role was that of Princess Beatrice in Victoria – for which she has been nominated for Outstanding Female Classical Performance at the National Dance Awards.

Victoria was screened in cinemas across the UK and will be shown on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer this December.

In June we also launched our 50th anniversary celebrations with a special livestreamed event.

You can now find out all about our anniversary celebrations, and how you can get involved.


In July we took The Kingdom of Back, a ballet by Morgan Runnacre-Temple to Latitude Festival.

The ballet was also performed in our April and November mixed programmes as we made our debut at Northern Stage, Newcastle and returned to the wonderful Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House.


After a well-earned summer break our dancers began rehearsals for the revival of Cinderella, including circus skills training!

Cinderella toured to Woking, Sheffield, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham and Norwich throughout the autumn season. You can see it at Leeds Grand Theatre this Christmas before it heads to Leicester, Milton Keynes and Salford in spring 2020.


Our autumn season began with Three Short BalletsPowerhouse Rhumba by David Nixon OBE, The Kingdom of Back by Morgann Runacre-Temple and the world première of For an Instant by Amaury Lebrun.


You can still see the programme being performed in Newcastle in April 2020.


In October we were given the Digital Innovation Award at the UK Theatre Awards.

We celebrated with another first for the Company – a LIVE broadcast of Dracula, a ballet by David Nixon OBE, to cinemas across Europe. The dark tale took to the stage in Canterbury and Leeds.

Look out for more cinema screenings of Dracula in 2020.


Our new ballet for children Little Red Riding Hood, choreographed by Mariana Rodrigues, made its world premiere in Leeds.

You can see Little Red Riding Hood on tour across the country in spring 2020.

Thursday 28 November marked our 50th birthday!

You can support our 50th anniversary Donate to Create Appeal today.


In December you can watch Victoria on BBC Four on Sunday 15 December at 11pm, or see it on BBC iPlayer throughout the festive season.

Meanwhile in Leeds we’re finishing the year off in style with our Christmas run of Cinderella at Leeds Grand Theatre. Book your tickets before the clock strikes midnight!

In 2020 we’ll create three world premières as we celebrate 50 years of pushing the boundaries of ballet, and we’re asking for your support to do it through our Donate to Create Appeal.

Please help us to keep creating new works for years to come by donating today.