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Press Release: Northern Ballet makes cinema debut with children’s ballets

Jan McNulty

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Northern Ballet makes cinema debut with children’s ballets




Tortoise & the Hare in cinemas 26 January 2019

Elves & the Shoemaker in cinemas 23 February 2019


Northern Ballet, in collaboration with CinEvents, is making its debut in cinemas in the new year with over 200 screenings across the UK of some of its most popular children’s ballets. Tortoise & the Hare and Elves & the Shoemaker will be shown in cinemas across the UK in January and February 2019 with more of the Company’s children’s ballets, including Three Little Pigs, set to land in cinemas later in 2019.


Northern Ballet began creating short ballets specifically for young children in 2013 and has since added to its repertoire which now includes six ballets based on well-known children’s fairy tales. Touring widely throughout the UK and featuring live music at every performance, the ballets provide a first experience of live theatre, dance and music for young families and have been seen live by a combined audience of over 212,000 people. In addition, all the children’s ballets have been adapted for TV following their premières amassing over 1M viewers. This first venture into cinema will enable more families than ever before to access Northern Ballet’s productions and provide an engaging introduction to both ballet and cinema.


The ballets feature performances by Northern Ballet’s world-class dancers with the colourful designs and captivatingmusic audiences have come to expect from these productions. For cinema, the ballets have been enhanced with charming animations and will offer an interactive experience with the story narrated by BBC star Anita Rani and dance demos with the loveable characters for children to learn some of their iconic moves.


Tortoise & the Hare will launch in cinemas on 26 January 2019 and Elves & the Shoemaker on 23 February 2019. Tofind your closest participating cinemas, find out more information and to book tickets visit bitesizedballets.com


Before each of the ballets, cinema goers will be introduced to Elephant, Monkey or Polar Bear, characters from the family friendly animated series, Jungle Beat. Children will be able to join them in their hilarious adventures via a 5-minute episode before the main event begins.





Northern Ballet


Artistic Director – David Nixon OBE


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 43 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at more than 40 venues annually.


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


National Tour Sponsor





CinEvents Ltd is an Event Cinema distributor working with brands and content owners to bring exciting new events to cinema. By harnessing the power of cinema, CinEvents offers passionate fans the opportunity to see content they love, in a communal, local environment. By sourcing new content, connecting content producers with cinema owners and offering end to end delivery and event support, CinEvents is helping to expand a rapidly growing area of the cinema industry. For more information, please visit cinevents.co.uk


Anita Rani

Anita Rani is best known for her work with the BBC as a presenter and journalist. In 2016 she co-presented a three-part BBC Two series New York: America’s Busiest City and is a co-host of Countryfile as well as making regular appearances on The One Show. In summer 2016 she also co-presented ITV’s This Morning with chef James Martin. Anita, who was born and raised in Bradford and attended university in Leeds, developed her passion for dance in 2015 after participating in Strictly Come Dancing where she made it to the semi-finals and in 2017 hosted the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour. She was appointed to Northern Ballet’s Board of Directors in 2017.


Image:     Kiara Flavin and Filippo Di Vilio in Elves & the Shoemaker. Photo Brian Slater 

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I thought I should start this thread in here, given the number of parents of young dc who post here:


Northern Ballet's child-friendly Hare & the Tortoise is on in UK cinemas later this month.  These are the Odeon showings:


Hare & Tortoise


And Picturehouses:





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