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For immediate release
Tuesday 16 November 2021

Northern Ballet announces major national tour of new ballet for children


New ballet for children Pinocchio

will tour nationally February  April 2022



Northern Ballet has announced that its new ballet for children, Pinocchio, will embark on a majornational tour throughout spring 2022, following its world première in Leeds last month. The production will tour from February to April 2022, visiting more than 20 theatres.


In this original retelling of the Italian story by Carlo Collodi, a lonely carpenter wishes for their puppet Pinocchio to come to life. After their dream comes true by the magic of a wishing well, Pinocchio sets out to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. This child friendly 40 minute ballet has been created especially for children and their families to experience live dance, music and theatre together. 


Pinocchio follows in the footsteps of the Company’s seven previous children’s ballets, which have achieved huge popularity live on stage, in CBeebies TV adaptations and in cinemas nationwide. With a choreographic debut by Northern Ballet’s Junior Soloist Gavin McCaig, Pinocchio will be performed to music by Ian Stephens, played live by members of Northern Ballet Sinfonia at every venue. Sets are designed by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting by Abbi Fearnley, and costumes designed by Carley Marsh and Kim Brassley. 


Gavin McCaig said: Having premiered Pinocchio this autumn, I am thrilled the show will now be touring so extensively across the country next spring. Northern Ballet’s children’s ballets have been enchanting families across the UK for several years, creating a truly magical live dance experience for all ages to enjoy together, and it is both a privilege and a pleasure to be creating for the next generation of audiences and artists.’


For venues, updates to on sale dates and details on how to book, please visitnorthernballet.com/pinocchio


Notes to Editors

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 impressive 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 ballet to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet’s Company of dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at more than 40 venues annually.

Launched in 2019, Northern Ballet’s digital dance platform ensures more people can access their work, from full-length films of popular ballets through to exciting short dance films by up-and-coming choreographers and filmmakers. Visit digitaldance.org to discover more.


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


Pinocchio 2022 Tour Listings


Buxton Opera House
Tue 8 February 2022
Box Office 01298 72190

Buy tickets now


Oldham Coliseum

Thu 10 February 2022

Box Office 0161 624 2829


Buy tickets now


Derby Theatre
Sat 12 February 2022
Box Office 01332 59 39 39

On sale soon


Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Sun 20 February 2022
Box Office 01902 42 92 12

Buy tickets now


Mansfield Palace Theatre
Tue 22 February 2022
Box Office 01623 633 133

On sale soon


Corby The Core
Wed 23 February 2022
Box Office 01536 470 470

On sale soon


Newcastle Northern Stage
Fri 25 February 2022
Box Office 0191 230 5151


On sale soon


Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Sun 27 February 2022
Box Office 0131 529 6000

Buy tickets now


Bridlington Spa
Fri 4 March 2022
Box Office 01262 678 258

Buy tickets now


Goole Junction
Sat 5 March 2022
Box Office 01405 763 652

Buy tickets now


Blackburn King George’s Hall
Thu 24 March 2022
Box Office 01254 582579


On sale 19 November


Berwick-upon-Tweed The Maltings
Sat 26 March 2022
Box Office 01289 330 999


On sale soon


Bradford St George’s Hall

Mon 28 March 2022    

Box Office 01274 432000


Buy tickets now


Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Tue 29 March 2022
Box Office 0343 310 0050

On sale soon


Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
Fri 1 April 2022
Box Office 01429 890000


On sale soon


Doncaster Cast

Sat 2 April 2022

Box Office 01302 303 959


On sale 6 December


Barrow-in-Furness The Forum
Mon 4 April 2022
Box Office 01229 820 000

On sale soon


Blackpool Grand Theatre
Tue 5 April 2022
Box Office 01253 290 190

On sale soon


Middlesbrough Theatre
Thu 7 April 2022
Box Office 01642 81 51 81


Buy tickets now


Durham Gala Theatre
Fri 8 April 2022
Box Office 03000 266 600

On sale soon


Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre
Sun 10 April 2022
Box Office 01484 430528

On sale soon


Harrogate Theatre
Tue 12 & Wed 13 April 2022
Box Office 01423 502 116

Buy tickets now


Hull New Theatre

Mon 18 April 2022

Box Office 01482 300 306


On sale soon






Image: Harris Beattie in Pinocchio. Photo Drew Forsyth.

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