Dracula Returns to Whitby

August 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , )

Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt, photo by Lisa Stonehouse

Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt, photo by Lisa Stonehouse

Count Dracula made a dramatic return to Whitby Abbey yesterday during a special photo-shoot organised by Northern Ballet Theatre and English Heritage.

Christopher Hinton-Lewis as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina at Whitby Abbey. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Christopher Hinton-Lewis as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina at Whitby Abbey. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

NBT premier dancers Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt, dressed as their characters Count Dracula and Mina, visited Whitby Abbey to explore the place where Dracula first set foot in England.

NBT was offered the rare opportunity to shoot at Whitby Abbey thanks to English Heritage. Nicola Bexon, marketing manager for English Heritage, said:

“We’re celebrating all aspects of Whitby Abbey’s history this year, and NBT’s production of Dracula fits perfectly with our autumnal exploration of the Victorian fascination with the Gothic. Having dancers from one of the UK’s best dance companies bring two gothic icons ‘alive’ at the site is the perfect precursor to our Days and Nights of Victorian Gothic in October!”

To learn more visit the English Heritage website.

Chris and Martha took inspiration from their visit to Whitby for their preperations for their roles in Dracula which returns to the NBT repertoire from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 September only at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Facebook Dracula Quiz Now Online

August 7, 2009 at 8:56 am (General Information)

Dracula Personality Quiz - Play on Facebook

Dracula Personality Quiz - Play on Facebook

Ever wondered which Dracula character you are most like? Try our quiz on Facebook to find out.

Facebook uses can click here to play the Dracula quiz (you may need to log in first), if you’re new to Facebook then click here first to register.

Dracula Live On Stage In Leeds!

Northern Ballet Theatre‘s acclaimed version of Dracula returns to the stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 10-19 September, 2009.

To book tickets or for more information visit the West Yorkshire Playhouse or call 0113 213 7700.

Click here for more details on Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Dracula, wallpaper, galleries and more.

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Ashes Fever Grips Northern Ballet Theatre

August 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm (Artist's News, Interviews) (, , , , , )

You can’t have missed the fact that England is currently gripped by the excitement of the Ashes cricket tournament. The barmy army has followed its team around the country to Leeds, our home city. Headingley is just down the road from NBT’s West Park base. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them, so we’ve succumbed to Ashes fever led by dancer and cricket fan Jessica Morgan.

21 year old Jessica joined NBT in 2008 and is originally from Newcastle, Australia. Jessica is one of two Australian dancers in the Company (John Hull is the other) and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to find out – whether she is a cricket fan and whether the Aussie v’s English sporting banter that is prevalent all over the country at the moment exists at NBT.

Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan

So, prepare to be bowled over by Jessica Morgan…

Have you been following the Ashes?

I have been but not as much as in past years as I’m so busy working. I’m really excited its in Leeds, it reminds me of watching my brother play cricket when I was younger, it was always a big family thing. It’s great to see the Aussie spirit here.

Do you like cricket?

I love watching cricket, it’s my favourite sport.  I haven’t played it though, my brother used to play a lot. This is my first time in cricket pads – they’re really hard to walk in. I used to do a lot of sport in Australia, I used to swim competitively.

Do you have a favourite player in the Australian cricket team?

My favourite Aussie player is Ricky Ponting because he’s been in the team since I was young so I’ve watched him develop to his position as captain. I also like Brett Lee.

There is a lot of friendly banter between the English and Australians, does any of this exist in the Company?

Not really, I think we’re all slightly more reserved and wouldn’t come out with something so vocally as the cricket fans. I think Australians are naturally quite competitive which suits a career in dance as it is very competitive.

Are your family still in Australia?

No, they have followed me here. I moved to the UK when I was 16 to attend the Elmhurst school which was in Edgbaston in Birmingham. The school was right next door to the cricket pitch there. My brothers and sisters also came over to England so my whole family has made it their home, which is great.

Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan


Jessica Morgan
Jessica Morgan


What do you find is the big difference between England and Australia?

The lifestyle – most weekends in Australia we’d be at the beach. We used to live five minutes walk from the beach. Also the weather, at the end of the day we’d just dive straight in the pool. The fashion is better here, in Australia it’s a very relaxed style, jeans and thongs (flip-flops); so I enjoy shopping here.

 And of course the all-important question, who’s going to win the Ashes?

Australia of course! We’ve only lost it once in my lifetime – that was when it was played in the UK so I hope that’s not a bad omen.

 Good luck to both teams – may the best team win (as long as it’s England).

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Fantasia At The Abbey

August 6, 2009 at 8:30 am (Events, Music)

Tickets for Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra’s annual Classical Fantasia concert will be available on Sunday 9 August when 9,000 tickets will be given away free.

Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the 2004 Classical Fantasia

Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the 2004 Classical Fantasia

The Classical Fantasia concert takes place on Saturday 12 September in the grounds of the beautiful Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds. The fantasy-inspired music and breathtaking firework displays against the gothic setting of the Abbey always make for an awe-inspiring evening.

The annual event, organised by Leeds City Council, is now in it’s 14th year and is one of the most popular events outdoor events in the City’s calendar.

The free tickets will be available to collect in person with a maximum of two per person from 10am at the front of Leeds Town Hall on Sunday. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so get there early to avoid disappointment!

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