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Press Release: Classics reimagined as Northern Ballet announces spring 2016 season

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Classics reimagined as Northern Ballet announces spring 2016 season 

Northern Ballet has released details of its spring 2016 season which will see popular classic titles brought to life through the Company’s unique blend of dance and storytelling. Northern Ballet’s new season includes the return of audience favourite Swan Lake, the continuation of 1984 and the World Première of Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre as well as the first UK tour of the Company’s latest children’s ballet Tortoise & the Hare. In total, award-winning Northern Ballet will give 158 performances at 40 venues between February and June 2016, maintaining its extensive reach as the widest touring ballet company in the UK.
Northern Ballet will open its spring season with the return of David Nixon OBE’s Swan Lake. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s moving score, this ballet is a modern take on an iconic classic with all the beauty for which Swan Lake is renowned. Opening at Leeds Grand Theatre from 3 – 12 March 2016Swan Lake will also tour to Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal and Milton Keynes Theatre in March and April 2016.
Following a triumphant World Première in September 2015, Northern Ballet will continue the tour of its critically acclaimed production of 1984. Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins and performed to an original score by Tony-nominated composer Alex Baranowski, 1984 is ‘the ballet equivalent of a page-turner’ (The Stage) and will tour to Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Southampton Mayflower Theatre before its London Première at Sadler’s Wells in May 2016.
Marking the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Northern Ballet will hold the World Première of Jane Eyre at Cast in Doncaster in May 2016 before touring to Richmond, Aylesbury, Wolverhampton, Stoke and Leicester. The ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets, Jane Eyre is the story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries.
In addition, Northern Ballet will take new children’s ballet Tortoise & the Hare on its inaugural UK tour from February to June 2016. This much-loved Aesop’s fable tells the tale of a determined Tortoise who challenges a speedy Hare and sets out to win the race of his life. Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, this is the second children’s ballet by the pair who created Ugly Duckling, later adapted into a BAFTA winning programme for CBeebies.
For more details of Northern Ballet's spring 2016 tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson.

Notes to Editors
For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson.
Nominated for Outstanding Company at the 2015 National Dance Awards and voted Best Company at the 2014 Taglioni European Ballet Awards, Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets.
Northern Ballet is the busiest touring ballet company in the UK and is typically on the road for around 32 weeks of the year. The Company of 47 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK. In 2015, Northern Ballet introduced a new strand of mid-scale touring, widening the Company’s already extensive reach with performances at nine additional venues.
Northern Ballet tours widely with its ballets for children, the first three of which were adapted for TV by CBeebies, and also performs a mixed programme showcasing the versatility of its dancers.

Visit northernballet.com for more information on the Company and tour. Production images and information are available via the online media centre.

Spring 2016 Tour Listings
Swan Lake
Leeds Grand Theatre
3 – 12 Mar 2016
Box Office 0844 848 2700
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre
15 – 19 Mar 2016
Box Office 0114 249 6000
Norwich, Theatre Royal
19 – 23 Apr 2016
Box Office 01603 630 000
Milton Keynes Theatre
26 – 30 Apr 2016
Box Office 0844 871 7652
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre
31 Mar – 2 Apr 2016
Box Office 0131 529 6000
Southampton, Mayflower Theatre
4 – 7 May 2016
Box Office 02380 711 811
London, Sadler’s Wells
24 – 28 May 2016
Box Office 020 7863 8000
Jane Eyre
Doncaster, Cast
19 - 21 May 2016
Box Office 01302 303 959
Richmond Theatre
31 May – 1 Jun 2016
Box Office 0844 871 7651
Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
3 – 4 Jun 2016
Box Office 0844 871 7607
Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre
10 – 11 Jun 2016
Box Office 01902 429 212
Stoke, Regent Theatre
14 – 15 Jun 2016
Box Office 0844 871 7649
Leicester, Curve Theatre
17 – 18 Jun 2016
Box Office 0116 242 3595
Tortoise & the Hare
Touring to the following venues between February and June 2016:
Middlesbrough Theatre
Durham, Gala Theatre
Mansfield, Palace Theatre
Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre
Reading, The Hexagon
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre
Dunstable, Grove Theatre
Harlow Playhouse
Buxton Opera House
Workington, Carnegie Theatre
Keswick, Theatre by the Lake
Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre
Cambridge Corn Exchange
Ipswich, Jerwood Dance House
Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre
Yeovil, Octagon Theatre
Exeter, Northcott Theatre
Derby Theatre
Peterborough, Key Theatre
Barnsley, The Civic
Harrogate Theatre
Barrow-in-Furness, The Forum
Lancaster, The Dukes
Corby, The Core at Corby Cube
Chesterfield, Pomegranate Theatre
Bridlington, The Spa
Goole, Junction
Norwich, Theatre Royal
Milton Keynes Theatre
Southampton, Mayflower Theatre
Doncaster, Cast
London, Sadler’s Wells
Richmond Theatre
Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre
Stoke, Regent Theatre
Leicester, Curve Theatre
For updates and booking information, see northernballet.com/tortoise.
Information correct at the time of printing. Productions and dates are subject to change without notice.
*Calls to 0844 numbers are charged at up to 7p per minute plus your phone Company’s access charge.

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I saw NB's 'Swan Lake' when it was new and loved it. The tulip-shaped tutus for the swans weren't universally admired, but the Paul Poiret-inspired dresses for the other women were gorgeous. I just hope the horrible, obviously stuffed bird that inspired the hero's swan fetish will not make a reappearance in the revival!


'Jane Eyre' sounds interesting, but unfortunately it won't be playing at Leeds and that's the only place I can see NB.

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Alice, it's easy to get to Doncaster by train from York. and there are lots of trains. I live North of York but had no problems getting to and from Doncaster to see Northern ballet last year .The Cast theatre is attractive and about 10 minutes walk from the station.

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