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Jan McNulty

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For immediate release 22 October 2018


Northern Ballet announces major national tour of new ballet for children

New ballet for children Puss in Boots will tour nationally in spring 2019April  June 2019





Northern Ballet has announced that its newest ballet for children, Puss in Boots, will embark on a major national tour throughout spring 2019, following its World Première in Leeds this October. The production will tour the country from April to June 2019, visiting more than 20 theatres.


Inspired by the much-loved fairytale, Puss in Boots tells the story of a remarkable cat who, despite being both clever and charming, always seems to bring his master bad luck. This child friendly 40 minute ballet follows their adventure as they meet a flurry of characters and even come face to face with royalty! It has been created especially for children and their families to experience live dance, music and theatre together.



Puss in Boots follows in the footsteps of the Company’s five previous children’s ballets, all ofwhich have achieved huge popularity both live on stage and in CBeebies TV adaptations. 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 at every venue.


Daniel de Andrade, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director of Children’s Ballets, said:
We are delighted to be touring Puss in Boots so extensively across the country next spring. Our short ballets have been enchanting children across the UK for several years, creating a truly magical live dance experience for the whole family to enjoy. We now look forward to continuing that tradition with Jenna Lee’s new production.’


For venues, updates to on sale dates and details on how to book, please visit



Notes to Editors

Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring balletcompany 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-classstorytelling. 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 44 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at over 40 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



Puss In Boots 2019 Tour Listings


Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

Tue 2  Fri 5 April 2019 11am & 1pm
Box Office 0113 220 8008


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Middlesbrough Theatre

Wed 24 April 2019 11.30am, 1.30pm & 5pm

Box Office 01642 81 51 81


Buy tickets now


Berwick-upon-Tweed The Maltings

Sat 27 April 2019
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Box Office 01289 330 999

maltingsberwick.co.uk Buy tickets now


Buxton Opera House

Fri 3 May 2019
2.30pm & 4.30pm
Box Office 01298 72190


On sale soon


Newcastle Northern Stage

Thu 18 April 2019 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Box Office 0191 230 5151

Buy tickets now


Durham Gala Theatre

Thu 25 April 2019
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Box Office 03000 266 600

On sale 22 October


Blackburn King George’s Hall

Wed 1 May 2019
2pm & 4pm
Box Office 0844 847 1664

On sale soon


Stoke Regent Theatre

Sat 4 May 2019
2pm & 4pm
Box Office 0844 871 7649

On sale 22 October

Lancaster The Dukes

Tue 7 May 2019
12pm, 2pm & 4pm
Box Office 01524 598500

On sale 22 October


Blackpool Grand Theatre

Sat 11 May 2019
2pm & 4pm
Box Office 01253 290 190

On sale soon


Hull New Theatre

Wed 15 May 2019
2pm & 4pm
Box Office 01482 300 306

On sale soon


Peterborough Key Theatre

Sat 18 May 2019
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Box Office 01733 207 239


On sale soon


Barnsley The Civic

Wed 22 May 2019
12pm, 2pm & 5pm
Box Office 01226 327 000

On sale soon


Barrow-in-Furness The Forum

Wed 8 May 2019
2.15pm & 4.15pm
Box Office 01229 820 000

On sale soon


Bridlington Spa

Tue 14 May 2019
12pm, 2pm & 5pm*
Box Office 01262 678 258

Buy tickets now


Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 17 May 2019
2pm & 4pm
Box Office 01223 357851

On sale soon


Norwich Theatre Royal

Mon 20 May 2019
2.30pm & 4.30pm
Box Office 01603 63 00 00


On sale soon


Doncaster Cast

Fri 24 May 2019
2.30pm & 4.30pm
Box Office 01302 303 959

On sale soon


Goole Junction

Sat 25 May 2019
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Box Office 01405 763 652

On sale soon


Harrogate Theatre

Thu 30 & Fri 31 May 2019 2pm & 4pm (Thu)
12pm, 2pm* & 4pm (Fri) Box Office 01423 502 116


On sale soon


Mansfield Palace Theatre

Tue 4 June 2019
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Box Office 01623 633 133

On sale soon


Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Fri 7 June 2019
2.15pm & 4.15pm
Box Office 01902 42 92 12

On sale soon


Derby Theatre

Tue 28 May 2019
12pm, 2pm* & 4pm
Box Office 01332 59 39 39

On sale soon


Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre

Sat 1 June 2019
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Box Office 01484 430 528

On sale soon


Corby The Core

Wed 5 June 2019
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Box Office 01536 470 470

On sale soon


Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Sat 8 June 2019
2pm & 4pm
Box Office 01270 368 242

Buy tickets now



*Relaxed Performances
Image: Illustration Richard Barrelle.

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I wouldn't usually comment on a rehearsal but i was privileged to see the dress rehearsal of Puss in Boots last Friday at NB's HQ in Leeds.


What can I say, it was enormous fun and I would highly recommend it for youngsters (as well as oldsters like me!).


Harris Beattie created the role of Puss and was magical in the role - so very, very feline.


Northern Ballet have published a gallery from the DR on the company website:  https://northernballet.com/puss-in-boots/photos

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