Victoria and Dracula in cinemas

Press release date 
Thu 31 Jan 2019

We are delighted to announce that we will be making our live cinema debut this year with David Nixon OBE’s Dracula streamed direct to cinemas from the newly redeveloped Leeds Playhouse on Halloween. In addition, Cathy Marston’s Victoria will be screened in cinemas on 25 June 2019 following its world première tour. Both productions will be available in cinemas throughout the UK and marks the first time our full-length ballets will be shown on the silver screen.

David Nixon OBE said: ‘As the widest touring ballet company in the UK, Northern Ballet goes further to provide world-class ballet on the doorsteps of people throughout the UK. However, it is not possible to reach everybody with our live tour and so I am delighted that we will be offering Victoria and Dracula to cinema audiences throughout the country to enable even more people to access our productions.

We pride ourselves on being innovative storytellers, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance and these two ballets are excellent demonstrations of that. In the hands of one of the most exciting choreographers of today, Cathy Marston’s Victoria takes the life of one of our most iconic monarchs and presents her story in a way never seen before. Whilst Dracula sees Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire brought to the stage in a ballet full of sensuality and darkness; perfect viewing for Halloween.

We hope that through these cinema screenings, not only will ballet fans have more opportunities to see us perform but that others who may have never seen a ballet before will give it a try and discover a new passion for our art form.’

John Travers, Head of Distribution for CinemaLive, said: ‘For over 10 years now, CinemaLive have been providing audiences worldwide with access to incredible events through their local cinema. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Northern Ballet to distribute these two exciting productions to cinemas in 2019. Their innovative approach to storytelling looks beyond traditional ballet titles and we are proud to bring this unique and inventive content to the big screen. We look forward to seeing both Victoria and Dracula connect with cinema audiences across the UK and Ireland this year.’

This new project has been made possible by the support of Northern Ballet’s longstanding sponsors first direct bank. Joe Gordon, Head of first direct, said: ‘As proud digital pioneers ourselves, first direct is thrilled to support Northern Ballet’s new digital programme and become their National Stage & Screen Sponsor. It will bring their world-class dance and passionate storytelling to diverse new audiences around the UK and represents an exciting evolution for our new innovative partnership.’

Tickets for Victoria and Dracula in cinemas are on sale now. To find your closest participating cinemas and to book tickets visit northernballet.com/cinema
 

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