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Female dancer in the Nutcracker holding a Nutcracker doll

Christmas Gift Guide 2023

Need some inspiration for what to gift your loved ones this festive season? Don't worry, we've got you covered!

The festive lights are up, the shop displays are out and the scent of all things spiced is in the air. It can only mean one thing... Christmas is just around the corner.

For the festive fanatic

The Nutcracker

Leeds Grand Theatre, 29 November - 10 December

Give the gift of an early Christmas as the ultimate festive ballet returns to Leeds Grand Theatre. On Christmas Eve a young girl called Clara finds herself transported into a magical land where she encounters mischievous mice, waltzing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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For the hopeless romantic

Romeo & Juliet 

Touring nationally 8 March - 1 June 

In March 2024 Romeo & Juliet returns to the stage. This version, originally performed and created in 1991 by Christopher Gable and choreographed by Massimo Moricone, offers a powerful retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy and is the ideal present for anyone who loves classical ballet.

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Four female dancers dressed in white each extending a foot down and an arm high
Star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet, her standing en pointe and him kneeling in front of her, both wearing white against a fantasy blue and yellow background.

For the fairy-tale lover

Beauty & the Beast

Leeds Grand Theatre, 4 - 9 June

Searching for a romantic fairy-tale to whisk you away next summer? David Nixon CBE's Beauty & the Beast returned to the stage this autumn to rave reviews and will be back at Leeds Grand Theatre in June 2024.

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For the little ones

Tortoise & the Hare

Touring nationally 27 January - 26 May

Looking for something fun to occupy your little ones? Don't miss out on the return of one of our beloved children's ballets Tortoise & the Hare which is back in spring 2024. 

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two dancers on stage in a ballet pose wearing orange, gold and brown costumes
Hare jumps high in front of Molly the Mole's home

For the person that has everything

Rekindle the Romance


Two dancers in a classical pose for a photoshoot
A mixed selection of costumes from Merlin on the rack, some unfinished
A man pours champagne into a woman's glass, a gathering of people can be seen behind them.

For the aspiring dancer

Classes at Northern Ballet

Do you know someone who loves to dance or would love to learn? Our adult ballet classes and courses are a lovely gift to give this Christmas. Whether you're an absolute beginner or have previous experience, we have a ballet class for you.

Registration is also now open for our children's classes. These are the perfect opportunity to introduce your little-ones to ballet or as an addition to your child's current training.

Find out more.

For the film fan

Northern Ballet on DVD

Enjoy a cosy winter evening indoors with two of our critically acclaimed ballets, Victoria and 1984 which are available to purchase on DVD.

Winner of the Sky Arts South Bank Award for Dance, Cathy Marston's Victoria tells the sensational story of Queen Victoria's life through dance.

Choreographed by former Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins, 1984 offers a dynamic retelling of George Orwell's iconic masterpiece.

Order now to receive by Christmas! 


For the music maestro

Casanova the soundtrack

For classical music fans the complete 2-hour original score of Casanova by award winning composer Kerry Muzzey is available to purchase as a 2 CD-set in the UK and US and available to download on iTunes and other streaming sites.


Prince Albert lovingly holds Victoria, photo Guy Farrow
Madame de Pompadour dressed in powder-blue silk removing her ornate mask for a clearer look at something out of frame
Poster photo for 1984 with Tobias Batley leaping in front of countless vintage televisions.
A woman at the barre with her back to the camera