Northern Ballet announces 50th Anniversary Programme

7 Jun 2019

Northern Ballet has announced details of their 50th Anniversary Programme including three world premières, a star-studded Gala and tours of some of the Company’s best-loved productions. World premières in 2020 include Geisha by Kenneth Tindall, Merlin by Drew McOnie and a new children’s ballet. David Nixon OBE’s blockbusters Cinderella and The Great Gatsby return for national tours. Northern Ballet will also perform Three Short Ballets in Newcastle and tour Mariana Rodrigues’ Little Red Riding Hood nationally.

David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet said: ‘Northern Ballet is a truly extraordinary organisation and has endured so many challenges in its history to arrive, 50 years after its inception, as the successful, confident and innovative company that we are today. I am privileged to be the Artistic Director as we reach this milestone anniversary and to be continuing the incredible work of all the artists and staff who have gone before us. Our programme of events for our anniversary year showcases Northern Ballet’s strengths in creating new work, reviving some of our most popular productions and making exciting progress with our digital ambitions. As we take our next steps in the Company’s journey, I wish to thank all of our supporters past and present, and we look forward to what the future will bring.’


The 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala will be at Leeds Grand Theatre for one night only on Saturday 4 January 2020. For information visit


Ballets for Children

Continuing its pioneering programme of short ballets created specifically for young children, Northern Ballet will première a new children’s ballet in October 2020. The title is yet to be announced but will follow in the footsteps of the recently announced world première of Little Red Riding Hood (October 2019) which is choreographed by Mariana Rodrigues and will tour nationally in spring 2020 (details to be announced).

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Digital Dance

Continuing the Company’s exciting developments in its digital dance offering, Northern Ballet’s popular children’s ballets Ugly Duckling and Goldilocks & the Three Bears will be screened in cinemas nationwide from January 2020. The Company will also present three new dance films on its Digital Dance platform, including an original direct to digital creation by Kenneth Tindall.

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Other Activities and Opportunities

In addition to its programme of performances, Northern Ballet will be holding a number of other activities and opportunities for audiences and supporters to engage with the Company during its 50th anniversary year. These include an exhibition of ballet costumes in Leeds city centre during April and May 2020 and an exclusive fundraising dinner and performance in Leeds in autumn 2020. For more information on these and other activities as they get announced, see for updates.