Northern Ballet | Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre announce new season of dance, comedy and music

Northern Ballet | Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre announce new season of dance, comedy and music


Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre is excited to announce a superb new season of dance, comedy and music for autumn 2012. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre is situated inside Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s home on Quarry Hill in central Leeds.


A breathtaking programme of dance includes some of the best dance companies and artists in the UK, some of whom have never performed in Leeds before. The new dance programme features performances and choreography from former and current Northern Ballet dancers and students and also introduces audiences to critically acclaimed contemporary dance companies.


The season gets underway with Dep Arts in association with Northern Ballet presenting Three and Four Quarters by HeadSpace, a new contemporary dance company led by former Northern Ballet dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill. The Dep Arts programme continues with State of Flux performing Forgetting Natasha on 27 September and finishes with Shobana Jeyasingh and the intriguing show Classic Cut on 25 October.


Ugly Duckling, Northern Ballet’s first short ballet for small people, will be at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre over half-term from the 29 October until the 2 November. Supported by Leeds Inspired the production is designed to encourage children to see their first ballet and introduce young families across the region to live theatre. Ugly Duckling is choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe.


Other dance artists performing this season include the critically acclaimed Ballet Black who will perform a Mixed Programme of Leeds premières showcasing the latest in British choreographic talent. They will also present Storyville, a dark tale of love, corruption and survival set in the nightclubs of 1900s New Orleans, choreographed by Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson.


Comedy and music performances continue this season with stand-up comedian Fred MacAulay and his show Legally Bald which was a sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 along with panel show regulars Dave Johns and Lee Hurst.


Music performances throughout the season include recitals from members of the Northern Ballet Sinfonia and Opera Appetizers from Young Opera Venture following their three sell-out performances of The Marriage of Figaro in March.  Northern Irish banjo player Damien O’Kane will be performing on 1 November and Tristan Mackay returns to Leeds as part of his first ever UK tour on 9 November.


Information about performances and details on how to book can be found at or by telephoning the box office on 0113 220 8008.

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