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Northern Ballet announces UK Première of Romeo and Juliet

Press release date 
Wed 9 Apr 2014

Ahead of tonight’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s UK Première of LAC (After Swan Lake) at the London Coliseum, Northern Ballet has announced that it will open its spring 2015 season with the UK Première of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo production of Romeo and Juliet. The Leeds-based Company, which celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2015, will perform Romeo & Juliet at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 26 – 28 February 2015, followed by Leeds Grand Theatre in March 2015, and a planned national tour in 2016.

Set to Prokofiev’s unforgettable score, which will be played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Romeo and Juliet is choreographed by acclaimed dance-maker Jean-Christophe Maillot, who has been invited by the Bolshoi Ballet to create a new version of The Taming of the Shrew this July. His beautiful interpretation captures the essence of what it means to be young and in love, and tells of the devastating tragedy that unfolds when tenderness and naivety is met with violence and pride. The tour will mark Northern Ballet’s first collaboration with Maillot and the first time that this production of Romeo and Juliet has been performed in the UK.

Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, said: “I have chosen to add Jean-Christophe Maillot's interpretation of Romeo and Juliet to our repertoire as it is an inspired contemporary response to the classic play and his wonderful language will work convincingly with our dancers. I was also looking for a production that would provide a complete contrast and different point of view for our audience and artists from our present signature production of Christopher Gable, Massimo Moricone and Lez Brotherston’s Romeo & Juliet. We will not be losing this version from our repertoire but will be offering a new interpretation for our audiences to experience and to reflect upon. I am very honoured to be the first British company to present Jean-Christophe Maillot's work.”

Mark Skipper, Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Jean-Christophe Maillot for the first time and to be premièring his Romeo and Juliet in the UK during our 45th anniversary year. The Romeo and Juliet story has a special place in the hearts of the Northern Ballet audience and the opportunity to add this version to our repertoire is very exciting for our audience who can look forward to seeing it in the majority of our touring venues during 2015 and 2016.”

Tickets for Edinburgh Festival Theatre will go on general sale on 28 April and can be booked online at or by calling the box office on 0131 529 6000.

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