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Dance, music and comedy at Leeds’ newest venue

Press release date 
Tue 6 Sep 2011

An exciting new season of exciting performances gets underway at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre at Northern Ballet in Leeds this Autumn. 

As ever dance and music feature, with performances by Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre and ensemble concerts from Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

This season we’ve added a brand new programme of comedy including new and familiar faces. Neil Mullarkey as L Vaughn Spencer offers motivational speaking in ‘Don’t Be Needy, Be Suceedy’; The Everly Pregnant Brothers perform their unique mix of comedy and ukulele music; and we host a monthly comedy evening presented by The Last Laugh.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre seats up to 230 people and is right in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. It offers a unique environment to see performances from up-and-coming and established artists and provides a space for experimental, smaller-scale work from larger companies and groups.

The theatre also offers the opportunity to get closer to the work of both Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre in more intimate surroundings than the large venues to which both companies usually tour. 

Information about performances and details on how to book can be found at or by phoning 0113 220 8008.

For further information please contact Ruth Burke-Kennedy, Head of Communications, Northern Ballet  0113 220 8000

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NSC: The NSC Theatre Awards 2011

Thu 15 Sept 2011, 7.30pm

Bringing together the best of new talent in the area we will stage an atmospheric evening of new writing, performed by exciting new talent, directed by vibrant new directors!

The night will involve 10 finalists plays being performed to a celebrity panel and audience made up of Industry Professionals and General Public. Each piece has its own specially selected cast and director to ensure quality and a great evening of entertainment!

Full price £11.00

Concession price £6.00


Phoenix Dance Theatre: Declarations

Thu 22 to Sat 24 Sept 2011, 7.30pm

Phoenix Dance Theatre celebrate three decades of outstanding dance with three very special performances of Declarations in the company’s state of the art new building. Declarations toured the UK in autumn 2010 to critical acclaim, but these performances at Phoenix’s own intimate theatre will be the only chance to see this eclectic bill in the company’s home city.

“everyone should see this company” Dance Europe, December 2010

Full price £12.50

Concession price £10.00


Malliot Rose: Wendy’s Adventure

Sat 1 to Sun 2 Oct 2011, Eves 6.15pm Mat (Sun) 2.30pm

In Wendy’s world everything is a wonderful adventure that she shares with her brothers John and Michael. One night after being told she must grow up, Wendy discovers that a magical world awaits her where everyone living there is allowed to grow young.

Wendy’s Adventures take us on an exciting journey to meet Peter pan, Fairies, pirates, mermaids, singing frogs, dancing crocodiles, beautiful bluebells, lost children, Indians and Sailors.

Full price £11.00

Concession price £8.00


Fashion Bites Back

Sat 8 Oct 2011, 7.30pm

JCI Leeds brings you “Fashion Bites Back” in our commitment to raise awareness and funds for the United Nation Foundation’s Nothing But Nets malaria campaign. 

Fashion Bites Back is an African inspired event and will showcase a variety of collections, created by our incredibly talented fashion designers.  Each of the designers will also be creating a netted garment inspired by the fact that in Africa a family of four can sleep safe from malaria under an insecticide-treated bed net.

Tickets £11.00 and £16.00


Don’t be Needy, Be Suceedy!

Tue 11 Oct 2011, 7pm

L. Vaughan Spencer, or L-Vo as he likes to be known in a J-Lo kinda way, a self-help and management guru (gangsta motivator) is the hilarious award-winning alter ego of Neil Mullarkey. Neil Mullarkey (as seen inAustin Powers movies and the Comedy Store Players) brings his award-winning creation L. Vaughan Spencer to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre for one unmissable night.

Tickets £10.00


Phill Cool

Fri 4 Nov 2011, 7pm

Yet again Phil Cool is on tour and with sell out houses wherever he goes.

His 80s television shows have now obtained cult status, proof that his comedy is as contemporary, valid and hilarious today as it has ever been.

With 5 top selling videos, 4 TV specials, 3 hit series for the BBC and 2 acclaimed series for Independent TV he has become a British legend and treasure.

Tickets £17.00


Richard Digance

Sat 12 Nov 2011, 7.30pm

Name another performer who appeals to all age groups by singing his own songs, telling fun stories, whilst throwing in his popular poems and legendary audience participation sing-songs for good measure.

Richard Digance is known as one of the great folk entertainers of the 70s and 80s. His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards.

Come and join us for an evening of brilliant self-penned comic songs introduced with panache, style and outrageous humour.

Tickets £17.00


Dream of an Egyptian Night

Fri 18 Nov 2011, 8pm

Dream of an Egyptian Night is a contemporary Egyptian dance show; which takes its inspiration from the Egypt of the pharaohs, and the goddess Hathor. The show features musical excerpts from numerous Egyptian repertoires accompanied by dance and images that reflect Egypt’s rich history of more than two millennia.

A celebration of the powerful femininity of the sun, which is a mysterious expression of the beauty of the world and the magic beyond…

Tickets £16.00


The Last Laugh Comedy Club

Thu 24 Nov and Fri 16 Dec 2011, 8.30pm

Monthly comedy night brought to you from Yorkshire’s longest running comedy club The Last Laugh. Each month they’ll bring the finest stand up talent from the UK and around the world. Resident compere Toby Foster (Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy’s Road to nowhere) or one of his funny friends will introduce three different comics every month. So grab a drink from the bar and enjoy the best laugh in Leeds.

Acts to be announced. Please keep checking back or like Northern Ballet on facebook for updates.

Tickets £11.00


The Everly Pregnant Brothers

Mon 28 Nov 2011, 7.30pm

The Everly Pregnant Brothers are Sheffield’s legendary ukulele combo, who are taking the world by storm.

Join them for their Big Night Out which mixes standup comedy with wicked ukulele tunes and cutting lyrics that chronicle the lives of seven Yorkshire men.

Beer, Pies, Smiles and Ukes. What else is there?

Tickets £11.00


Northern Ballet Ensemble: Brass Quintet

Thu 8 Dec 2011, 7.30pm

Enjoy a performance by selected members of Northern Ballet Sinfonia in a season of 4 concerts during 2011.

Brass Quintet: From Biber to The Beatles and beyond, a mixed programme of the best of brass.

Full price £12.50

Concession price £10.00


Northern Ballet: Mixed Programme

Thu 9 Feb to Sat 18 Feb 2012, Eves 7.30pm, Mat (Sat 18 Feb) 2.30pm

We’re delighted to announce our first mixed programme in our new home.

Featuring short works from a range of new and established choreographers, this is an unmissable opportunity to see Northern Ballet dancers up close and personal in our exceptional centre for dance.

Full price £15.00

Concession price £13.00


Robin Ince: Happiness Through Science

Sat 28 Apr 2012, 8pm

Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011.

Following on from his sellout national tour of ‘Uncaged Monkeys’, with Professor Brian Cox, and as co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Sony Gold Award winning series ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’, Robin continues his comic exploration of the human condition in his new autumn show.

Robin asks can you be happy and rational at the same time. Join him in a world of Schrodinger cats, multiverses and evolutionary conundrums. Spend an entertaining evening in Robin’s company as he orienteers through the craggy landscape of evolution whilst plumbing the depths of his own murky consciousness, all without the aid of a safety net.

Full price £14.00

Concession price £12.00


Northern Ballet Sinfonia Ensembles

Clarinet, Cello & Piano

24 Feb 2012, 8pm

Programme to include: Brahms Clarinet Trio Op. 114

Clarinet / Saxophone Recital 
Clarinet / Sax & Piano (Clarinet 1st half, Sax 2nd half)
Fri 18 May 2012, 8pm

Programme to include: Hurlstone; Piazzolla; Reade; Roach; Elington; Faure; Grovlez; Bozza;

Piano Recital 

Fri 21 Sep 2012, 8pm

Programme to include: Bach; Fauré; Liszt; Mompou;  Debussy; Wagner

Wind Quintet 

Fri 14 Dec 2012, 8pm

Programme to be announced

All tickets £10.00

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