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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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Northern Ballet: 1984 – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Alex Baranowski Choreographer: Jonathan Watkins Reviewer: Sheila Stratford George Orwell's classic novel 1984 has been skillfully adapted by choreographer Jonathan Watkins for Northern Ballet. Set to an original score by Tony-nominated composer and arranger Alex Baranowski, it is performed by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia. In 1984, political party doctrine demands total conformity. Big Brother's centralised and constant surveillance is ...

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Northern Ballet: 1984 – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Choreographer: Jonathan Watkins Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Northern Ballet are storytellers on another level. Alongside the classics of ballet repertoire (The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake ) Northern Stage are doing something special. They are bringing the best of English literature to life on-stage, with classic masterpieces including Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre featured in the current season, alongside their ...

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Wuthering Heights, Northern Ballet – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Dan English Northern Ballet returns to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury this week, bringing with them a stunning revival of their ballet, Wuthering Heights, based on the novel by Emily Bronte. Telling the story of the tragic lovers Cathy and Heathcliff, Northern Ballet conjures an entertaining evening of entertainment that combines the finesse of ballet with ...

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1984, Theatre Royal Nottingham

Music: Alex Baranowski Choreographer and director: Jonathan Watkins Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman It is over sixty years since 1984, George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, was first published in 1949. In that time, the story has lost none of its relevance and has lent itself to numerous adaptations. Indeed, Headlong’s acclaimed stage version is currently making its way around the country, ...

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Behind the Scenes: Northern Ballet – Inside 1984

By Rich Jevons Before the creative team behind Northern Ballet’s 1984 gave a day-long exposition of the thinking behind their modern masterpiece based on George Orwell’s dystopian novel, we are asked to consider what we would put in Room 101. Quite flippantly, I think of celery and the complete works of Xenakis on a loop. But more seriously, we think ...

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Northern Ballet: 1984 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Choreographer: Jonathan Watkins Composer: Alex Baranowski Set &Costume Designer: Simon Daw Lighting Designer: Chris Davey Video Designer: Andrzej Goulding Dramaturg: Ruth Little Reviewer: Peter Gray Northern Ballet’s World Premiere of 1984 is an impressive reimagined interpretation of the Orwellian classic, published in 1949. Guest choreographer, Jonathan Watkins, succeeds in exploring the novel’s powerful ideas through an innovative, eclectic mix of ...

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Northern Ballet’s Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Directors: Christopher Hampson (Perpetuum Mobile) and David Nixon OBE (Madame Butterfly) Reviewer: Maggie Constable Two contrasting dance pieces in one evening at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre this weekend-what a delight! Europe’s Best Dance Company, Northern Ballet, brings us Scottish Ballet’s Perpetuum Mobile and the acclaimed Madame Butterfly. We commence with the former, a seventeen minute aperitif as light and fizzing as ...

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