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Press Release: Northern Ballet announces World Première of new children’s ballet for 2016

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Northern Ballet announces World Première of new children’s ballet for 2016


Following in the footsteps of its first four innovative children’s ballets, Northern Ballet has announced its next World Première will be an adaptation of classic fairytale Goldilocks & the Three Bears. The new ballet will première at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds with 17 performances from 24 – 29 October 2016 before touring extensively throughout 2017.


Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the latest in the series of Northern Ballet’s award-winning ballets created especially to introduce young children to live dance, music and theatre. The Company not only tours its children’s ballets to standalone venues but also performs at theatres on Northern Ballet’s main scale tour which this year includes Sadler’s Wells in London. All four of the Company’s previous children’s ballets; Ugly DucklingThree Little PigsElves & the Shoemaker and Tortoise & the Hare, have been adapted for TV by CBeebies with Tortoise & the Hare set to be screened on the channel for the first time on Easter Monday.  


Choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Nicola Gervasi, who is currently a Junior Soloist with the Company, Goldilocks & the Three Bears will feature set designs by Jane Cecchi, lighting by Alastair West, costume designs by Kim Brassley and Carley Marsh and music composed by John Longstaff. This delightful production will last approximately 40 minutes and will feature live music.


Daniel de Andrade, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People, said: ‘We are excited to announce Goldilocks & the Three Bears as our next ballet for children. Since its inception these ballets have enchanted children and their families across the UK and for many offered the first opportunity to attend the theatre and to experience live ballet and music. Our children’s ballets are created with the needs of our audience in mind and as such are designed to be short, captivating and uplifting.’


Tickets for Goldilocks & the Three Bears at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre are on sale now with tickets priced at £6 for adults and £4.50 for children. Tickets can be booked online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the Box Office on 0113 220 8008. Details of the 2017 UK tour will be announced soon, see northernballet.com/goldilocks for updates.





Notes to Editors


Production Credits

Choreography Nicola Gervasi

Set Design Jane Cecchi

Lighting Design Alastair West

Costume Design Kim Brassley & Carley Marsh

Music John Longstaff


Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Performance Dates

Leeds, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre (World Première) 

24 – 29 Oct 2016

Monday - Thursday performances at 11am1pm & 3pm

Friday performances at 11am & 2pm

Saturday performances at 11am2pm & 4pm

Relaxed performance: 28 & 29 Oct 2016, 11am  

Tickets: £6 adults & £4.50 children                      

Box Office 0113 220 8008



See northernballet.com/goldilocks for 2017 tour updates.


Northern Ballet

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 45 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.


Visit northernballet.com for more information on the Company and tour. 

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