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Northern Ballet announces Spring 2015 season 
Following the announcement that Northern Ballet is to première an adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 by Jonathan Watkins in September 2015, the Leeds-based Company, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary year, has released details of its plans for spring 2015 with a season of iconic love stories giving 134 performances across 28 venues in the UK. The Company, recently awarded Best Company at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards, will open its 2015 season with the UK première of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliet in February before bringing the torrid love affairs ofWuthering Heights and The Great Gatsby to audiences throughout the UK. Northern Ballet will also return to Leeds and London with a new Mixed Programme and will tour their latest children’s ballet Elves & the Shoemaker nationally.
After receiving an increase in funding from Arts Council England for 2015-2018, Northern Ballet will also introduce a new strand of touring, widening the reach of the Company and developing audiences across the UK. Northern Ballet will perform Madame Butterfly and Christopher Hampson’s Perpetuum Mobile at nine venues for the first time, providing the opportunity for an additional 18,000 people to see the Company.
Opening the season in Edinburgh in March, audiences will be swept away by the UK première of Jean-Christophe Maillot's Ballets de Monte Carlo production of Romeo and Juliet. This will be the first time that a British company has ever performed work by the acclaimed dance-maker who has recently been invited by the Bolshoi Ballet to create a new version of The Taming of the ShrewRomeo and Juliet will also be performed in the Company’s home city of Leeds before returning to the repertoire for a national tour in 2016.
In celebration of its 45th anniversary year, Northern Ballet will hold a Sapphire Gala at Leeds Grand Theatre on 14 March 2015. The gala will include performances by international guest artists as well as Northern Ballet dancers. Further details will be announced.
Later in March, Northern Ballet will bring the spirit and untamed beauty of the Yorkshire Moors to the stage where the turbulent love affair of Cathy and Heathcliffe will come to a devastating climax in Wuthering Heights. Touring to Sheffield, Southampton and Milton Keynes, Wuthering Heights is set to music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, acclaimed composer ofLes MisérablesMiss Saigon and Cleopatra.
To reflect the Company’s ambitions to have more of a presence in the capital Northern Ballet will tour to London twice in 2015. The jazz and sparkle of the roaring twenties will come to life in The Great Gatsby when it returns to Sadler’s Wells in March following a sell-out season in 2013. The Great Gatsby will also return to Norwich in April. In May, Northern Ballet will perform a Mixed Programme showcasing the artistic versatility of the Company at its home in Leeds and in London at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre following a sell-out inaugural visit to the theatre in 2014.  The Mixed Programme at the Linbury will include the London première of Kenneth Tindall's The Architect.
In addition to working with new choreographers Maillot and Watkins, Northern Ballet will also hold a Choreographic Laboratory at its home in Leeds during May and June. Emerging choreographers will be invited to work with Northern Ballet’s talented dancers to create new narrative dance material. Further details will be announced.
David Nixon OBE said: ‘It’s an exciting time for Northern Ballet to be able to invest in the future of British dance by performing and creating new work and touring to new theatres bringing world-class dance to the doorsteps of people who may never have been to the ballet before. Broadening our range of work not only enriches what we are able to offer to audiences but also provides opportunities for our dancers to work with new choreographers and demonstrate the versatility of our company.
The increase in funding we received will allow us to further our objectives which include working with new choreographers, touring more widely and developing audiences offering people everywhere more opportunities to experience captivating performances that are inspiring, emotional and intensely dramatic.’
For more details of Northern Ballet's spring 2015 tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visitnorthernballet.com/whatson.
Notes to Editors
Voted Best Company at the 2014 Taglioni European Ballet Awards, Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets.
Northern Ballet is the busiest touring ballet company in the UK and is typically on the road for around 32 weeks of the year. The Company of 46 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK and is the only large scale ballet company to do so. The Company tours widely with its ballets for children, the first two of which were adapted for TV by CBeebies, and also performs a Mixed Programme annually showcasing the versatility of the its dancers.
Visit northernballet.com for more information on the Company and tour. Production images and information are available via the online media centre.
Spring 2015 Tour Listings
Romeo and Juliet
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre (UK Première)                            Leeds Grand Theatre

Thu 26 – Sat 28 Feb 2015                                                           Wed 4 – Thu 12 Mar 2015
Box Office 0131 529 6000                                                           Box Office 0844 848 2700
edtheatres.com                                                                            leedsgrandtheatre.com
On sale now                                                                                 On sale now
45th Anniversary Sapphire Gala
Leeds Grand Theatre

Sat 14 Mar 2015
Box Office 0844 848 2700
On sale soon
Wuthering Heights
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre                                                      Southampton, Mayflower Theatre    
Wed 18 – Sat 21 Mar 2015                                                        Wed 22 – Sat 25 Apr 2015
Box Office 0114 249 6000                                                         Box Office 02380 711 811
sheffieldtheatres.co.uk                                                               mayflower.org.uk
On sale soon                                                                              On sale now
Milton Keynes Theatre
Tue 28 Apr – Sat 2 May 2015
Box Office 0844 871 7652
On sale soon
The Great Gatsby
London, Sadler’s Wells                                                               Norwich, Theatre Royal

Tue 24 – Sat 28 Mar 2015                                                             Tue 14 – Sat 18 Apr 2015
Box Office 0844 412 4300                                                             Box Office 01603 630 000
sadlerswells.com                                                                           theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
On sale soon                                                                                 On sale now
Mixed Programme
Leeds, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre                                London, Linbury Studio Theatre

Wed 6 – Sat 9 May 2015                                                             Tue 12 – Thu 14 May 2015
Box Office 0113 220 8008                                                            Box Office 0207 304 4000
theatreleeds.com                                                                          roh.org.uk
On sale soon                                                                                On sale soon
Elves & the Shoemaker
Touring to the following venues between March and May 2015, more to be announced:
Middlesbrough Theatre
Bridlington Spa
Goole Junction
Barnsley Civic
Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings
Durham, Gala Theatre
Barrow-in-Furness, The Forum
Peterborough, Key Theatre
Lancaster, The Dukes
Harrogate Theatre
Stirling, Macrobert Theatre
Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre
Norwich, Theatre Royal
Southampton, Mayflower Theatre
Milton Keynes Theatre
London, Linbury Studio Theatre

For updates and booking information, see northernballet.com/whatson.
Madame Butterfly / Perpetuum Mobile
Details to be announced soon, see northernballet.com for updates.

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Northern Ballet have put up a nice feature on the Company website about the background to the photo shoots for Romeo and Juliet and Wuthering Heights.  The images published so far are sensational (IMHO).



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