Northern Ballet announces world premiere of new children’s ballet for 2016

23 May 2016

Following in the footsteps of its first four innovative children’s ballets, Northern Ballet has announced its next World Première will be an adaptation of classic fairytale Goldilocks & the Three Bears. The new ballet will première at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds with 17 performances from 24–29 October 2016 before touring extensively throughout 2017.

Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the latest in the series of Northern Ballet’s award-winning ballets created especially to introduce young children to live dance, music and theatre. The Company not only tours its children’s ballets to standalone venues but also performs at theatres on Northern Ballet’s main scale tour which this year includes Sadler’s Wells in London. All four of the Company’s previous children’s ballets; Ugly DucklingThree Little PigsElves & the Shoemaker and Tortoise & the Hare, have been adapted for TV by CBeebies with Tortoise & the Hare set to be screened on the channel for the first time on Easter Monday.

Choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Nicola Gervasi, who is currently a Junior Soloist with the company, Goldilocks & the Three Bears will feature set designs by Jane Cecchi, lighting by Alastair West, costume designs by Kim Brassley and Carley Marsh and music composed by John Longstaff. This delightful production will last approximately 40 minutes and will feature live music.

Daniel de Andrade, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People, said: “We are excited to announce Goldilocks & the Three Bears as our next ballet for children. Since its inception these ballets have enchanted children and their families across the UK and for many offered the first opportunity to attend the theatre and to experience live ballet and music. Our children’s ballets are created with the needs of our audience in mind and as such are designed to be short, captivating and uplifting.

Tickets for Goldilocks & the Three Bears at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre are on sale now with tickets priced at £6 for adults and £4.50 for children. Tickets can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 0113 220 8008. Details of the 2017 UK tour will be announced soon, see for updates.