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Press Release: Northern Ballet announces World Première of new children’s ballet for 2018

Jan McNulty

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Northern Ballet announces World Première of new children’s ballet for 2018


Puss in Boots announced as new ballet for children

27 October – 3 November 2018

Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds



Northern Ballet has announced that its next World Première will be an adaptation of the classic children’s story, Puss in Boots. The production will be the sixth children’s ballet created by the Company in the last seven years, and will première at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds with 17 performances from 27 October  3 November 2018,before touring nationally in 2019.


Puss in Boots follows in the footsteps of the Company’s five previous children’s ballets, which have achieved huge popularity both live on stage and in CBeebies TV adaptations. This new ballet will reimagine the much-loved fairytale to tell the story of a remarkable cat who, despite being both clever and charming, always seems to bring his master bad luck. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the ballet has been created especially for children and young families to experience live dance, music and theatre for the first time.


Choreographed by Jenna Lee, founder and Creative Director of JLeeProductions and former English National Ballet Soloist, Puss in Boots will feature set designs by Ali Allen, lighting by Alastair West, costume designs by Jenna Lee in collaboration with Kim Brassley and Carley Marsh, and music composed by Richard Norriss, played live by members of Northern Ballet Sinfonia.


Daniel de Andrade, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet’s Children’s Ballets, said: ‘We are delighted to announce Puss in Boots as our newest ballet for children. Our short ballets have been enchanting children across the UK for several years, and for many have offered them the first opportunity to attend the theatre and experience live ballet and music. We are now looking forward to working with Jenna Lee to present Puss in Boots and continue bringing the magic of ballet to families.


Tickets for Puss in Boots at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre are on sale now with tickets priced at £6.50 for adults and £5.00 for children. Tickets can be booked online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the Box Office on 0113 220 8008. Booking early is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. 



Notes to Editors


Production Credits

Choreography Jenna Lee

Set Design Ali Allen

Lighting Design Alastair West

Costume Design Ideas Jenna Lee

Costume Realisation Kim Brassley and Carley Marsh

Music Richard Norriss


Performance Dates

Leeds, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

27 October  3 November 2018

1pm, 3pm & 5pm (27 October)

1pm & 3pm (29 October)

11am & 1pm (30 October – 1 November)

11am, 2pm & 4pm (2 & 3 November)

Relaxed performances 2 & 3 November at 11am    

Tickets: £6.50 adults & £5.00 children                        

Box Office 0113 220 8008



See northernballet.com/puss-in-boots for tour updates.

Northern Ballet

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 46 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at almost 50 venues annually. Providing the highest standard of live theatre experience, every Northern Ballet performance is accompanied by live music played by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.


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


Image: Illustration Richard Barrelle.

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good to see,  interesting to see they've gone for an external choreographer  as previous  'small ballets for small people' have been choreographed  in house , but that may represent  the situation at the particular time  for  the various  people involved

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53 minutes ago, Jan McNulty said:

Duckling, Tortoise and Goldilocks are being repeated on CBeebies over the Easter weekend!

So a real Northern Fest  with  sky arts showing Casanova for the grown ups as well...

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