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Northern Ballet offer audiences the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’  



Northern Ballet is offering audiences the opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the UK’s best loved ballet companies at a FREE ‘try before you buy’ rehearsal room event at its headquarters on Quarry Hill in Leeds.  The perfect treat for ballet lovers or an introduction to ballet for ballet virgins, the rehearsal event on Wednesday 14 August from 5.40 – 6.30pm, offers the chance to enjoy a sneak preview of Northern Ballet’s latest production A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


The events are a perfect opportunity to get a taste for the production and to see Northern Ballet’s talented dancers up close. Attendees will also receive a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink and a voucher for a free programme, worth £5, redeemable at the West Yorkshire Playhouse when attending any performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 6-14 September 2013.


Mark Skipper, Northern Ballet Chief Executive said, ‘We are delighted to offer audiences the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Northern Ballet and experience the rehearsal process. This is a great opportunity for people to sample A Midsummer Night’s Dream and see for themselves the transformation that takes place during a ballet’s journey from the rehearsal room to the stage. We are proud of our reputation for producing ballets that reach diverse audiences and we are committed to opening up opportunities for as many people as possible to experience our work.’


The event is ticket only, prior booking is essential. Tickets for the event can be obtained by calling the Northern Ballet Box Office on 0113 220 8008 or by visiting northernballet.com/midsummer.


In Northern Ballet’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, Directed by David Nixon and co-directed by Patricia Doyle, the romantic antics of a touring dance company are played out as it travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh. David Nixon’s choreography brings out the comedy, romance and entanglements of this enchanting story. His Dior inspired costumes, along with stylish black and white sets provide a dazzling contrast to the glorious technicolour of the dreamworld.


Notes to Editors


1)Northern Ballet is renowned for its full-length narrative productions which embrace popular culture and take inspiration from literature, opera, or give a unique interpretation of classical ballets. The Leeds-based company is committed to touring throughout the UK and overseas, developing new audiences for dance. It has carved a unique place in the UK’s cultural landscape and was voted Britain’s favourite ballet company for three consecutive years at the National Dance Awards.


Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre are based in a centre of excellence for dance in Leeds for dance artists, enthusiasts and audiences across the north of England. Their award-winning headquarters on Quarry Hill in central Leeds is the largest purpose-built space for dance outside London.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Listings

Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse

Fri 6 – Sat 14 Sep

Box office: 0113 213 7700



Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Sep

Box office:08448 11 21 21



Woking New Victoria Theatre

Tue 24 – Sat 28 Sep

Box office: 0844 871 7645



Nottingham Theatre Royal

Tue 1 – Sat 5 Oct

Box office: 0115 989 5555


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