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Opportunity to ‘try before you buy’

Press release date 
Thu 4 Jul 2013

Northern Ballet is offering audiences the opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the UK’s best loved ballet companies at a FREE ‘try before you buy’ rehearsal room event at its headquarters on Quarry Hill in Leeds.

The perfect treat for ballet lovers or an introduction to ballet for ballet virgins, the rehearsal event on Wednesday 14 August from 5.40 - 6.30pm, offers the chance to enjoy a sneak preview of Northern Ballet’s latest production A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The events are a perfect opportunity to get a taste for the production and to see Northern Ballet’s talented dancers up close. Attendees will also receive a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink and a voucher for a free programme, worth £5, redeemable at the West Yorkshire Playhouse when attending any performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Mark Skipper, Northern Ballet Chief Executive said, ‘We are delighted to offer audiences the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Northern Ballet and experience the rehearsal process. This is a great opportunity for people to sample A Midsummer Night’s Dream and see for themselves the transformation that takes place during a ballet’s journey from the rehearsal room to the stage. We are proud of our reputation for producing ballets that reach diverse audiences and we are committed to opening up opportunities for as many people as possible to experience our work.’

You can book tickets for the event online at or by calling the Northern Ballet Box Office on 0113 220 8008.

In Northern Ballet’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, directed by David Nixon OBE and co-directed by Patricia Doyle, the romantic antics of a touring dance company are played out as it travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh. David Nixon’s choreography brings out the comedy, romance and entanglements of this enchanting story. His Dior inspired costumes, along with stylish black and white sets provide a dazzling contrast to the glorious technicolour of the dreamworld.

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