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Press Release: Northern Ballet announces autumn 2018 season

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Northern Ballet announces autumn 2018 season



The Three Musketeers  Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield & Canterbury

The Nutcracker  Hull, Norwich, Woking & Leeds

Mixed Programme  Leeds & Doncaster


Northern Ballet has announced details of its autumn 2018 season which heralds the return of two audience favourites, The Three Musketeers and The Nutcracker. Both productions by David Nixon OBE will tour nationally and the Company will also perform a new Mixed Programme in Leeds and Doncaster.


The Three Musketeers

Returning to the stage for the first time in more than 10 years, David Nixon OBE’s The Three Musketeers is a dashing tale of intrigue, treachery, romance and thrilling swordplay. Set in 17th century Paris where honour is everything but no secret is safe, devoted friends D’Artagnan and the three musketeers, race on chivalrous quest to save the Queen’s reputation and the life of D’Artagnan’s love. With a sweeping score by Sir Malcolm Arnold, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, this is a gripping ballet with larger than life characters for the whole family to enjoy. The Three Musketeers will tour to Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Canterbury from October to November 2018.


The Nutcracker

A festive classic, David Nixon OBE’s The Nutcracker follows young Clara as her Christmas dreams come true. As her Nutcracker doll proves to be no ordinary toy, Clara is whisked away on the magical journey of a lifetime through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker will radiate the warmth and excitement of Christmas on tour to Hull, Norwich, Woking and Leeds in November and December 2018.




Mixed Programme

Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme will offer audiences an exhilarating line-up of new work by Kenneth Tindall, choreographer of Northern Ballet’s hit new ballet Casanova; freelance stage and film choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple; and a choreographic debut by Northern Ballet Soloist Mlindi Kulashe. Further details of the programme are to be announced. Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme will be performed in Leeds and Doncaster in September 2018.


For more information, on sale dates and booking details for performances until December 2018, see northernballet.com/whatson






Notes to Editors


Autumn 2018 Tour Dates


Mixed Programme

Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

12 – 15 September 2018

Box Office 0113 220 8008


On sale soon

Doncaster Cast

21 – 22 September 2018

Box Office 01302 303 959


On sale soon


The Three Musketeers

Nottingham Theatre Royal

4 – 6 October 2018

Box Office 0115 989 5555


On general sale 22 November 2017


Newcastle Theatre Royal

17 – 20 October 2018

Box Office 08448 11 21 21*


On general sale 16 March 2018

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

24 – 27 October 2018

Box Office 0114 249 6000


On sale soon


Canterbury Marlowe Theatre

31 October – 3 November 2018

Box Office 01227 787787


On general sale 27 November 2017

The Nutcracker

Hull New Theatre

14 – 17 November 2018

Box Office 01482 300 306


On general sale 22 November 2017


Norwich Theatre Royal

21 – 24 November 2018

Box Office 01603 63 00 00


On sale soon

Woking New Victoria Theatre

27 November – 1 December 2018

Box Office 0844 871 7627*


On general sale 22 November 2017

Leeds Grand Theatre

4 – 16 December 2018

Box Office 0844 848 2700*


On general sale 5 December 2017


*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.


Northern Ballet


Artistic Director – David Nixon OBE


Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and world-class storytelling. Northern Ballet’s repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance.


A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing world-class story ballets to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet’s Company of 47 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at almost 50 venues annually.


For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson


National Tour Sponsor




Main image: Matthew Topliss, Lorenzo Trossello, Gavin McCaig and Ashley Dixon in The Three Musketeers. Photo Guy Farrow.


Other images: Matthew Koon and Rachael Gillespie in The Nutcracker. Photo Guy Farrow.

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Janet is a very, very happy bunny this afternoon.  I've been waiting 10 very long years for Three Musketeers to come back into the rep!!!

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I like David Nixon's Nutcracker very much.  It's set in a house in Georgian England and is very straightforward.  Obviously it's a touring production so not on the same scale as BRB's brilliant version but still very enjoyable and watchable.



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