Sugar Plum Fairy launches charity Christmas cards

November 27, 2007 at 12:50 pm (Events, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

The Nutcracker 

The Sugar Plum Fairy aka NBT Soloist Georgina Roberts will be flitting through Leeds tomorrow to open Gateway Yorkshire’s Christmas shop. Georgina will bring festive magic to the first sales of Christmas cards and gifts when the shop, in Leeds City Train Station, opens its doors at 10am.

Each year Gateway Yorkshire, the Tourist Information Centre, sells cards, advent calendars, children’s presents and wrapping to support a wide range of charities. 80p of each pound goes to charity.

NBT’s production of The Nutcracker opens at the Leeds Grand Theatre tonight and will run until 8 December. To find out more about NBT’s production click here.

Charities supported by the sale of cards and gifts include Alzheimer’s Society, A.R.C, Barnardo’s, British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, CARE, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Diabetes UK, Epilepsy Action, Help the Aged, Leonard Cheshire, Leukaemia Research, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mencap, Mind, Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Autistic Society, NCH, NSPCC, Parkinson’s Disease Society, Perennial Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, Royal National Institute of Blind People, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Save the Children, Shelter, SSAFA Forces Help, The Children’s Society, The Home Farm Trust, The National Deaf Children’s Society, The Stroke Association, The 1959 Group of Charities, Candlelighters (Local Charity).

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Earl of Wessex catches a Dream

November 26, 2007 at 11:14 am (Artist's News, Company News, Friends News) (, , , , , , )

On Friday 23 November HRH The Earl of Wessex KCVO attended an evening performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Northern Ballet Theatre at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. His wife The Countess of Wessex and a number of family friends accompanied the Earl.  The Earl was welcomed to the theatre by David Nixon, Artistic Director of NBT, Yoko Ichino, NBT Ballet Mistress and David Holder, Theatre Manager. Following the performance, the Earl and His guests went backstage to meet the Company. HRH The Earl of Wessex, KCVO is the Royal Patron of NBT, a position He has held since 2003. His Aunt, HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden was previously Royal Patron until her death in 2002. 

Leading Soloist Darren Goldsmith who met and photographed the Earl said, “It adds something special to an evening when the Earl is in the audience. He always cracks a joke when He comes backstage to meet us and you feel He has a genuine interest in the Company. This will be the third time I’ve photographed a visit by the Earl and it’s a pleasure because he is so relaxed and happy to pose for photographs.”

Photograph by Darren Goldsmith 
Photograph by Darren Goldsmith 
Photograph by Darren Goldsmith 
Photograph by Darren Goldsmith


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Hamlet Preview!

November 20, 2007 at 12:10 pm (Artist's News, General Information, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , , )

Hamlet Costume Designs

Click here to see some of Chris Giles’ costume designs for NBT’s forthcoming production of Hamlet.
Watch this space for more exclusive previews…

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MEN Theatre Award Nomination

November 15, 2007 at 10:13 am (Artist's News, Company News) (, , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre nominated for Manchester Evening News Theatre Award
We’re delighted to announce that Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) has been nominated in the dance category of the prestigious Manchester Evening News (MEN) Theatre Awards for The Three Musketeers, which we performed at the Opera House in Manchester from 9-12 May 2007.

NBT joins a group of world-class dance artists from the UK and overseas who have also been nominated for performances in Manchester over the past year: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Carlos Acosta, Henri Oguike Dance Company, and Richard Alston Dance Company.

The winners of all the MEN Theatre Awards will be announced on Wednesday 5 December at the Midland Hotel, Manchester in an event hosted by comedian Jason Manford.

Mark Skipper, NBT Chief Executive, says, “We are delighted to have been nominated once again for an MEN Theatre Award. NBT was founded in Manchester almost 40 years ago, and the support we receive from Manchester audiences and the Theatre Awards panel means a lot to us.”

Artistic Director, David Nixon, says The Three Musketeers, “proved a popular production at NBT as our dancers had the chance to exercise their new stage fighting skills through some truly exciting fight scenes and swordplay. The action-orientated plot was beautifully simple and also proved popular with audiences across the country who found it to be an engaging and fun production.”

NBT's The Three Musketeers

NBT's The Three Musketeers

NBT's The Three Musketeers

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November E-Newsletter

November 14, 2007 at 2:34 pm (Company News, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , , , )

NBT's HamletNBT have just sent out their monthly E-Newsletter.

“We are currently conducting a survey of our audiences to find out about what you think of Northern Ballet Theatre. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win 4 tickets to any production next season…”

Click here to read the newsletter.

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The Nutcracker Fun Weekend

November 13, 2007 at 10:16 am (General Information, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

NBT @ Eureka Flier

A magical weekend of fun at Eureka!
We will be visiting Eureka! – The Museum for Children in Halifax on the 24 and 25 November. Join us for a special weekend of dance and events to celebrate Northern Ballet Theatre’s magical Christmas production The Nutcracker.

There will be lots of fun activities throughout the weekend so keep checking our website for further details. For further information about Eureka visit:

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The Nutcracker on Invitica FM

November 8, 2007 at 2:05 pm (Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , )

Nicola joins Nutcracker 1Nicola joins Nutcracker 3

“Invicta FM’s Nicola Everett has been invited to dance with the Northern Ballet Theatre during their tour to Canterbury with The Nutcracker. The production is being staged at the Marlowe Theatre until Saturday 10th November and is said to be one of the world favourites.”

Please see the link below for David’s interview with Invicta FM and footage of the presenter taking part in Company Class yesterday at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

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The Sugar Plum Fairy goes Christmas Shopping!

November 7, 2007 at 11:44 am (Artist's News, Fundraising, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , )

The Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker kicked-off her Christmas shopping last week at Fenwick department store in York. NBT Dancer Julie Charlet delighted staff, shoppers and a group of aspiring young ballet dancers from Isobel Dunn dance school in York when she made a surprise in-store appearance. Julie was promoting the Leeds performances of The Nutcracker (Leeds Grand Theatre, 27 Nov-8 Dec).
Fenwick is a valued sponsor of NBT and is running an in-store colouring competition to win tickets to see The Nutcracker in Leeds. Nicola Johnson, Managing Director at Fenwick, was delighted to see Julie surprising her customers, “We’ve always tried to support the arts in Yorkshire – I’m a keen ballet fan myself – and to have the Sugar Plum Fairy here at Fenwick York today is the cherry on the cake”. Photo credit: Lisa Stonehouse

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L&A November Update

November 6, 2007 at 10:52 am (General Information, Learning & Access) (, , )

This month we have kicked off our exciting Dancition project in Calderdale with a Teacher Inset session and workshops with the Primary Schools. The teacher inset session proved enjoyable and successful, with teachers responding to set tasks and then creating their own to teach, as well as generating ideas for leading their own schemes of work…

Click here to read more

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