Northern Ballet makes cinema debut

Press release date 
Wed 12 Dec 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be making our cinema debut in 2019 with over 200 screenings across the UK of some of our most popular children’s ballets. In collaboration with CinEvents, Tortoise & the Hare and Elves & the Shoemaker will be shown in cinemas across the UK in January and February 2019 with more of our titles, including Three Little Pigs, set to land in cinemas later in the year.

We began began creating short ballets specifically for young children in 2013 and have since added to our repertoire which now includes six ballets based on well-known children’s fairy tales. Touring widely throughout the UK and featuring live music at every performance, the ballets provide a first experience of live theatre, dance and music for young families and have been seen live by a combined audience of over 212,000 people. In addition, all the children’s ballets have been adapted for TV following their premières amassing over 1M viewers. This first venture into cinema will enable more families than ever before to access Northern Ballet’s productions and provide an engaging introduction to both ballet and cinema.

The ballets feature performances by our world-class dancers with the colourful designs and captivating music audiences have come to expect from these productions. For cinema, the ballets have been enhanced with charming animations and will offer an interactive experience with the story narrated by BBC star Anita Rani and dance demos with the loveable characters for children to learn some of their iconic moves.

Tortoise & the Hare will launch in cinemas on 26 January 2019 and Elves & the Shoemaker on 23 February 2019. To find your closest participating cinemas, find out more information and to book tickets visit

Before each of the ballets, cinema goers will be introduced to Elephant, Monkey or Polar Bear, characters from the family friendly animated series, Jungle Beat. Children will be able to join them in their hilarious adventures via a 5-minute episode before the main event begins.

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