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The Nutcracker – Leeds Grand Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood To mark the festive season of shows at the Leeds Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet brings its much loved The Nutcracker. This 2007 version has been especially refreshed for one to appreciate and love this classical ballet even more. It certainly has a modern feel but does not compromise at all the classical elements ...

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Beauty & The Beast – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc &Glazunov Director/Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood David Nixon’s Beauty &The Beast returns to Leeds this Christmas after its successful première back in 2011 and has so far visited four cities on its UK Tour.  Northern Ballet, a winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award in June this year, is renowned for its ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Beauty and the Beast, NORTHERN BALLET

Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Laura Jane Bateman The story of Beauty and the Beast has been immortalised by Disney’s animated film, but Northern Ballet’s adaptation, first presented in 2011, takes the story back to its 18th-century fairy-tale roots. Choreographed by artistic director David Nixon, it is a simple and well-danced production which is let down by underdeveloped characters and garish ...

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Beauty and the Beast– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Lu Greer   The recent resurgence of Disney in the form of a seemingly never-ending stream of live-action retellings could be very good news for the current Northern Ballet tour of Beauty and the Beast, or, it could bode very badly indeed. While stories such as this have become popular once more and have brought yet ...

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The Nutcracker – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director and Choreographer: David Nixon Music Director: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Lu Greer   It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Northern Ballet brings The Nutcracker to the Theatre Royal in Norwich just as the snow has begun falling and the Christmas lights have been switched on. It tells the story of Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house as the ...

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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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A Christmas Carol – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Composer: Carl Davis CBE Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreography: Massimo Moricone Reviewer: Ray Taylor [rating:5] There can be hardly anyone who is not familiar with the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely grumpy old man to whom Christmas is ‘Humbug’ and who has no charitable thoughts for anyone else. Then one night he is visited by the ghost ...

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