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When a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees.

Falling in love with a mortal Prince she leaves her magical underwater world behind, losing her voice and enduring immense pain to make the ultimate sacrifice for love.

From breath-taking underwater scenes to vibrant life on land, rediscover Hans Christian Andersen's original fairytale performed by Northern Ballet's world-class dancers with Celtic-inspired music played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Book now to experience this immersive and beautiful ballet.

This production contains periods of flashing lighting.

Running time 2 hours 5 minutes (approximately)

The Stage
The Times
Southside Advertiser
The List
The Herald
Dancers in skirts of blue and green representing the sea, support MArilla, light shining on her from above and singing
Prince Adair sits in shock as a newly legged Marilla leans against his legs
Man reaching up while a female mermaid with tail flowing behind her holds his wrists
Female dancers wearing green dresses and white hats reaching up and gradually kneeling down.
Dancer performing as a red seahorse

Creative Team

Director, Choreographer, Costume Designer and Scenario
  • Sally Beamish OBE
Additional Orchestrations
Set Design
  • Kimie Nakano
Lighting Design
Costume Design Assistant
Music licenced by arrangement with

Header image taken by Guy Farrow, production images by Bill Cooper, Emily Nuttall, George Liang, Kyle Baines and Emma Kauldhar.