Northern Ballet premieres A Beauty of a Ballet | Beauty & the Beast

Northern Ballet premieres A Beauty of a Ballet this weekend

Beauty and the Beast

Beast played by Ashley Dixon, Beauty by Martha Leebolt. Photograph : Jason Tozer

Northern Ballet is premiering its second new production of the year, Beauty & the Beast, at Leeds Grand Theatre this Christmas from 17 – 31 December. This follows the success of Cleopatra, which has taken over £1m at the box office since its world première in February 2011.

This new production, choreographed by David Nixon OBE, will make an exciting addition to the Company’s repertoire of family ballets. After performances in Leeds it will tour to Edinburgh, Sheffield,  Hull, Milton Keynes and Cardiff in Spring 2012 with further dates across the UK in Autumn 2012.

The must-see Christmas ballet of 2011, Beauty & the Beast rediscovers the enchanting and magical aspects of this traditional fairy tale, exploring the values that lie at its heart –in the battle between the forces of good and evil and true love can conquer all.

Beauty & the Beast tells the story of a young prince who is transformed into a beast as a punishment for his arrogance and cursed to live alone in his castle until the spell is broken by the sacrifice of true love.  In Beauty’s presence the Beast remembers the joy he once had and his willingness to sacrifice his life for her permits his final transformation back to a handsome Prince.

Audiences will be transported into an enchanting world of colour, inhabited by fairies, goblins and sprites, with an elaborate mirrored set from Duncan Hayler and haute couture-style costumes designed by David Nixon.  The show will be accompanied by an infectious score from Saint-Säens, Bizet, Debussy and Glazunov, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said: “I wanted to create a family show which would be equally popular with both children and adults alike. Beauty & the Beast is a classic fairytale of good versus evil, exploring the concept of beauty on the inside and the outside. This is not an adaptation of the Disney version of the story – it is based on the original tale and will embrace the darker elements of the tale as well as the lighter moments ’As a family ballet Beauty & the Beast follows in the footsteps of The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol, it is also dynamic and sexy, taking the
inspiration from the recent success of Cleopatra.’

Martha Leebolt jetes

Martha Leebolt as Beauty. Photograph : Jason Tozer

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 have completed building a new 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.

Tour Listings

Beauty & the Beast

Leeds Grand Theatre

Sat 17 – Sat 31 December

Evenings 7pm (excluding 18, 19, 24, 25, 31 Dec) Matinees: 2:30pm 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31 Dec and 4pm 18 Dec

Box Office: 0844 848 2701

Tickets: £10 – £39.50, Family tickets £100 (max 2 adults)


Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 15 – Sat 17 March

Performances: Evenings 7:30pm, Matinee: Sat 2:30pm

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Tickets: £12 – £32


Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

Tue 20 – Sat 24 March

Performances: Evenings 7:45pm, Matinee: Thur 2pm, Sat 3pm

Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Tickets: £12 – £34


Hull New Theatre

Tue 27 – Sat 31 March

Performances: Evenings 7:30pm, Matinee: Thur 2:30pm, Sat 2:30pm

Box Office: 01482 300300

Tickets: £15.50 – £32.00


Milton Keynes Theatre

Tue 17 – Sat 21 April

Performances: Evenings 7:30pm, Matinee: Thur 2:30pm, Sat 2:30pm

Box Office: 0844 871 7652

Tickets: £16- £39.00


Cardiff New Theatre

Tue 24 – Sat 28 April

Booking details, performance times and prices TBC


Production Credits

Beauty & the Beast

Choreography and Direction: David Nixon

Set Design: Duncan Hayler

Lighting Design: Tim Mitchell

Costume Design: David Nixon assisted by Julie Anderson

Music by Georges Bizet, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Säens and Alexander Glazunov

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2 Responses to Northern Ballet premieres A Beauty of a Ballet | Beauty & the Beast

  1. Val December 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    These costumes are amazing! I have not seen Willies chocolate in the US but I will have to keep my eyes open for it!

  2. Ballet News December 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    @Val check my older posts for more details!

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