Northern Ballet | A Beauty of a Ballet

October 18, 2011

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Northern Ballet | A Beauty of a Ballet


Beauty and the Beast ballet dancers

Martha Leebolt as Beauty and Ashley Dixon as the Beast. Photograph : Jason Tozer

Northern Ballet is premiering its second new production of the year, Beauty & the Beast, at Leeds Grand Theatre this Christmas from 17 – 31 December. This follows the success of Cleopatra, which has taken over £1m at the box office since its world première in February 2011.

This new production, choreographed by David Nixon OBE, will make an exciting addition to the Company’s repertoire of family ballets. After performances in Leeds it will tour to Edinburgh, Sheffield and Hull in Spring 2012 with further dates across the UK in Autumn 2012.

Beauty and the Beast ballet

The must-see Christmas ballet of 2011, Beauty & the Beast rediscovers the enchanting and magical aspects of this traditional fairy tale, exploring the values that lie at its heart –in the battle between the forces of good and evil and true love can conquer all.

Beauty & the Beast tells the story of a young prince who is transformed into a beast as a punishment for his arrogance and cursed to live alone in his castle until the spell is broken by the sacrifice of true love.  In Beauty’s presence the Beast remembers the joy he once had and his willingness to sacrifice his life for her permits his final transformation back to a handsome Prince.

Audiences will be transported into an enchanting world of colour, inhabited by fairies, goblins and sprites, with a technicolour set from Duncan Hayler and haute couture-style costumes designed by David Nixon.  The show will be accompanied by an infectious score from  Saint-Säens, Bizet, Debussy and Glazunov, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said: “I wanted to create a family show which would be equally popular with both children and adults alike. Beauty & the Beast is a classic fairytale of good versus evil, exploring the concept of beauty on the inside and the outside. This is not an adaptation of the Disney version of the story – it is based on the original tale and will embrace the darker elements of the tale as well as the lighter moments. As a family ballet Beauty & the Beast follows in the footsteps of The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol, it is also dynamic and sexy, taking the inspiration from the recent success of Cleopatra.“’


Tour Listings

Beauty & the Beast

Leeds Grand Theatre

Sat 17 – Sat 31 December

Performances: Evenings 7pm (excluding 18, 19, 24, 25, 31 Dec) Matinees: 2:30pm 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31 Dec and 4pm 18 Dec

Box Office: 0844 848 2701

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Tickets: £10 – £39.50, Family tickets £100 (max 2 adults)


Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 15 – Sat 17 March

Performances: Evenings 7:30pm, Matinee: Sat 2:30pm

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Book Online

Tickets: £12 – £32


Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

Tue 20 – Sat 24 March

Performances: Evenings 7:45pm, Matinee: Thur 2pm, Sat 3pm

Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Book Online

Tickets: £12 – £34


Hull New Theatre

Tue 27 – Sat 31 March

Performances: Evenings 7:30pm, Matinee: Thur 2:30pm, Sat 2:30pm

Box Office: 01482 300300

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Tickets: £15.50 – £32.00

Beauty and the Beast 

Production Credits

Beauty & the Beast

Choreography and Direction: David Nixon

Set Design: Duncan Hayler

Lighting Design: Tim Mitchell

Costume Design: David Nixon assisted by Julie Anderson

Music by Georges Bizet, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Säens and Alexander Glazunov

Coming up next …

The Nutcraker
25 Oct – 29 Oct. Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre.
1 Nov – 5 Nov. Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre.
8 Nov – 12 Nov. Bradford, Alhambra Theatre.
15 Nov – 19 Nov. Newcastle, Theatre Royal.
22 Nov – 26 Nov. Manchester Opera House.


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2 Responses to “Northern Ballet | A Beauty of a Ballet”

  1. Rachel @ Da Paura Says:

    The image is absolutely stunning!


  2. Val Says:

    Awww! Beauty and The Beast sounds like such a wonderful ballet!!! Gorgeous photo!