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Divided by a barbed wire fence, Bruno doesn’t understand anything about where Shmuel lives, or who he is. To him, he’s just a new friend – a boy wearing a pair of striped pyjamas.

As this unlikely friendship blossoms against the backdrop of the unthinkable events of World War II, Bruno’s childlike curiosity leads this poignant story to a devastating conclusion.

The UK’s foremost narrative ballet company, Northern Ballet, present this heartbreaking story through dance for the very first time.

We advise parental/guardian guidance for this production, with themes more suitable for secondary school children onwards.

Running time 1 hour 50 minutes (approximately)

Exhausted, Pavel nearly falls but Bruno catches and helps him
The Commandant breaks down, holding his son's discarded clothes when he learns the truth
A boy reaches out as people are gathered
Shmuel meets Bruno through a barbed wire fence

Creative Team

Choreography, Direction and Scenario
  • Daniel de Andrade
  • Gary Yershon
Set and Costume Design
  • Mark Bailey
Lighting Design
  • Tim Mitchell
Dramatic Coach
Author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • John Boyne
Based upon
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne by special arrangement with Mirama…

Header image taken by Guy Farrow, production images taken by Emma Kauldhar.