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Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE Writer: F. Scott Fitzgerald Choreographer and Director: David Nixon OBE Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Jo Beggs Any adaptation of The Great Gatsby promises so much. After all, it’s a sparkling novel, packed with powerful visual imagery, smouldering sensuality, passion and colour. It has the glitz of 1920s New York City, and the languid Summer ...

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The Three Musketeers – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Director & Choreographer: David Nixon OBE Scenario: David Drew MBE Music: Sir Malcolm Arnold Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The Three Musketeers is the latest storytelling ballet in Northern Ballet’s repertoire. Having recently deviated from this winning formula to bring a successful contemporary Mixed Programme, they are now back to doing what they are renowned for and do so well. Originally conceived ...

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Northern Ballet Mixed Programme – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple, Mlindi Kulashe, Kenneth Tindall Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Northern Ballet’s latest Mixed Programme deviates from their usual signature character ballets, which are largely narrative based. Showcasing new work from three emerging choreographers, instead, the programme focuses on more abstract themes and allows scope for innovative and explorative work to come through, highlighting the ...

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The Little Mermaid – Norwich Theatre Royal

Choreography: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Lu Greer Northern Ballet's latest re-imagining of a classic story sees them take on Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid; the story of a naive young mermaid who, after the briefest of glimpses at life above the waves, falls for the human world and particularly for one man in it. As the curtain rises there is ...

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Casanova – The Grand, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The name Casanova is synonymous with womaniser, philanderer and seducer; more a derogatory term than an historical figure. Northern Ballet prove he was much more than this in Kenneth Tindell's original adaptation for the company, readdressing this and highlighting ...

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Northern Ballet: Wuthering Heights – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rachael Gillespie and Jeremy Curnier as Young Cathy and Heathcliff

Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Choreographer and Co-Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Following the success of last season’s Jane Eyre, Northern Ballet opens their Autumn season by revisiting another classic work of literature and turning it into a modern ballet, full of passion and relevance for a modern audience. This time, it is the turn of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, previously ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Image Emma Kauldhar

Artistic Director / Choreographer: David Nixon OBE Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The past few years have seen Northern Ballet developing their body of work, David Nixon OBE heralding brand new ballets and providing innovative additions to their ever growing portfolio of work. Continuing the success of last year’s 1984, Northern Ballet adds Jane Eyre to their current ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – The Grand, Leeds

Image Credit Emma Kauldhar

Choreography &Costume Design: David Nixon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestration: John Langstaff Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Rich Jevons   As the centrepiece of Northern Ballet’s revival of the scintillating and sensual Swan Lake, Tobias Batley as Anthony is not merely masterful, but allows his movement to display a whole gamut of emotions: grief and guilt over the drowning of his ...

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