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Northern Ballet | A Beauty of a Ballet
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.“’
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
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
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
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
Tickets: £15.50 – £32.00
Beauty and the Beast
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 …
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.