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Northern Ballet’s Swan Lake returns for national tour


Join Northern Ballet this spring for one of ballets most famous love stories with the return of David Nixon OBE’s Swan Lake. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s moving score, this production 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.


Haunted by a childhood tragedy resulting in the death of his beloved brother, Anthony looks to the water for answers – in whatever form they take. An ethereal swan-like creature emerges and Anthony finds an unknown joy and freedom he has not felt since he was a boy, but on returning home, he finds himself conflicted. Torn between his two friends, the mystical swan beckons - what path will Anthony choose?


Set in New England at the start of the twentieth century, a time of long lazy summers and old world grace, thisproduction, which was first performed in 2004, features costumes capturing the luxury and refined affluence of the era.Set designs by Dave Gillan, lighting by Peter Mumford and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia complete the retelling of this infamous story.


David Nixon OBE, said: Our Swan Lake offers a different telling to traditional versions of the ballet whilst still remaining true to the spirit of the story and incorporating popular elements that audiences will be familiar with, from Tchaikovsky’s score to the dance of the four cygnets.


Join Northern Ballet for this beautifully tragic tale of love and obsession told through the Company’s unique blend of classical ballet and dramaTickets for all venues are on sale now. For booking information see northernballet.com/swanlake.






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 TaglioniEuropean 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 46 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK. Northern Ballet also 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.


Production Credits

Choreography & Direction David Nixon OBE

Dramatic Associate Patricia Doyle

Set Design Dave Gillan

Lighting Design Peter Mumford

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Music Director John Pryce-Jones

Reduced Orchestration John Longstaff

Played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia


Swan Lake – Tour Dates

Leeds Grand Theatre

3 – 12 March 2016                            

Box Office 0844 848 2700



Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre

15 – 19 March 2016                

Box Office 0114 249 6000



Norwich, Theatre Royal

19 – 23 April 2016                        

Box Office 01603 630 000



Milton Keynes Theatre

26 – 30 April 2016                        

Box Office 0844 871 7652



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