Wuthing Heights – Norwich Cast List [Update]

September 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm (Casts)

[Update: Added Wednesday and Thursday casts]

Tobias Batley and Georgina May as Cathy and Heathcliff in Northern Ballet Theatre's Production of Wuthering Heights [Photo: Merlin Hendy]

Tobias Batley and Georgina May as Cathy and Heathcliff in Northern Ballet Theatre's Production of Wuthering Heights (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Click to book tickets for Wuthering Heights from the Theatre Royal, Norwich.

Further information on Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Wuthering Heights…

For information on further events at the theatre, workshops, touch tours and more…

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

Tue 29 September

Evening: 7.30pm

Wed 30 September

Evening: 7.30pm

Thu 1 October

Matinée: 2.30pm

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

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School Roadshow Takes Off Once More

September 23, 2009 at 10:54 am (Events, General Information) (, )

NBT’s popular School Roadshow has begun once more. Now in its third successful year the School Roadshow  offers pupils and teachers a behind the scenes insight into NBT as part of an interactive fun filled assembly suitable for primary school pupils of all ages. 

“Thank you for the opportunity to open our children’s eyes, hearts and minds to the power of dance. Most of our children will have seen ballet for the first time and were amazed at the versatility, stamina, strength and commitment that is needed to make a good dancer.”

Jill Wood, Little – London Community Primary School

Any schools interested in booking one of the FREE School Roadshow assemblies should contact Catherine Mullaney on 0113 274 5355 or via email.

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Builders Try Ballet

September 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm (General Information) (, , , , , , )

The construction team building the new Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) headquarters in Leeds city centre put on their dancing shoes yesterday to take part in a sponsored ballet lesson to raise money for The Prince’s Trust.

15 of the site team were taught to plié, jete and pirouette by one of NBT’s dance education officers, Caroline Burn, as part of Wates Construction’s annual Community Day, which sees employees ditch their day jobs for local community and fundraising projects.

The builders learnt ballet moves and explored some of the themes from A Midsummer’s Nights Dream before putting their work together to share with colleagues and NBT Academy students. More used to lugging bricks and concrete, the bending and stretching proved tutu much for some.

BBC Look North was on hand to capture the builders doing ballet… [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8262012.stm]

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Audience Feedback From Dracula

September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm (General Information)

After Friday’s performance of Dracula at the West Yorkshire Playhouse we asked some of the audience what they thought of the production, of Northern Ballet Theatre and ballet in general.

Here’s what they told us…

Dracula is on at the West Yorkshire Playhouse until Saturday 19 September. You can book online at wyp.org.uk or by phone – 0113 213 7700

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Dracula Cast List – Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 September

September 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm (Casts)

Click for more information about Dracula.

Click for information about Dracula events at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Click to book tickets for Dracula from the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

Tue 15 September

Evening: 7.30pm

Wed 16 September

Evening: 7.30pm

Thu 17 September

Evening: 7.30pm

Fri 18 September

Evening: 7.30pm

Sat 19 September

Matinée: 2.00pm

Evening: 7.30pm

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

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Dracula Cast List – Monday 14 September

September 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm (Casts)

Click for more information about Dracula.

Click for information about Dracula events at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Click to book tickets for Dracula from the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

Mon 14 September (Evening)

Evening: 7.30pm

We’ll post the cast lists for all other performances as soon as we have them.

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

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New Dracula Production Shots…

September 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm (General Information, Marketing and PR News)

These brand new production shots were taken at the West Yorkshire Playhouse ahead of the first public showing of Dracula.

Dracula is showing until the 19th of September and tickets are going fast…

To see larger versions of these pictures visit the gallery on our website.

Jonathan & Dracula's Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Jonathan & Dracula's Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Jonathan & the Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Jonathan & the Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Dracula and Mina

Dracula and Mina (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Lucy Rising From The Grave

Lucy Rising From The Grave (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

I Am Dracula (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

I Am Dracula (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Dracula & His Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Dracula & His Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

 Artist Credits:

For more pictures of the Dracula production, behind the scenes shots, interviews and more visit the Dracula pages on Northern Ballet Theatre’s website.

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Dracula Cast List – 11-12 September

September 11, 2009 at 2:04 pm (General Information)

Click for more information about Dracula.

Click for information about Dracula events at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Click to book tickets for Dracula from the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

Fri 11 September

Evening: 7.30pm

Sat 12 September (Matinée)

Evening: 7.30pm

Sat 12 September (Evening)

Evening: 7.30pm

We’ll post the cast lists for all other performances as soon as we have them.

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

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Dracula Cast List – 10 September

September 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm (Casts, General Information) (, , , , )

Click for more information about Dracula.

Click for information about Dracula events at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Click to book tickets for Dracula from the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

Thu 10 September

Evening: 7.30pm

We’ll post the cast lists for all other performances as soon as we have them.

Please note: all casts are subject to change without notice.

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A Teacher Talks About Ballet On Briggate

September 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm (General Information)

Academy Ballet Tutor, Cara O’Shea, tells us about the Ballet on Briggate event in Leeds last weekend.

At 11.30am – after teaching at West Park – I made my way into town, regularly glancing up to the sky to look out for any threats of rain. When I arrived at the stage I was greeted by a group of the Academy students busy handing out leaflets and I could already feel the excitement in the air. We didn’t need to wait long for the event to begin and as soon as it did members of the public stopped and took up positions by the stage ready to see what we had to offer and they certainly didn’t seem disappointed.

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Ballet on Briggate (Photo: Ryan Hopkinson)

Then suddenly it was the turn of the Academy students to perform their piece which I had choreographed for their end of year show in June. This was going to be a revised version with only 10 dancers and new people put in, and so there was a lot of marking through the steps and recapping changes before the real thing. My role for the event was to be in charge of the Academy students and so we all stood behind the stage jumping up and down and trying our best to beat off the chill!

The students performed the dance exceedingly well, especially considering they were in their uniform of tights and leotards and it was so cold. Even though the wind showed no signs of dying down the students battled through the dance and were very relieved to be able to put on some warm clothes as soon as they got off the stage. Only a little while later it was our turn again, and so back we went behind the stage to jump around some more and really show the growing crowd what we could do.

The public showed a lot of interest about many aspects of the company and it was fantastic to see so many people having a go at the ballet barre!

The whole event really seemed to wake Briggate up and the atmosphere was electric throughout. Despite the cold (but thankfully no rain) all who were involved agreed that the event had been a success-and this includes the watching public.

Click here for more information on free events in Leeds…

More Photos From the Day… Read the rest of this entry »

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Ballet on Briggate Was Only The Beginning

September 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm (General Information)

If you enjoyed our Ballet on Briggate event last Saturday, you will be pleased to hear we have another free event for the people of Leeds this Saturday at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Who says you don’t get anything for nothing these days?!!

The Open Day is a chance for the whole family to come and join in various activities and find out more about Northern Ballet Theatre. There will be talks, workshops, costumes to see, a chance to watch the dancers take class, and a book and poster signing by the dancers. Plus, of course, as it is our 40th anniversary year, there will be a chance to get yourself a piece of birthday cake!

Whether you are a keen supporter of NBT or you have never stepped inside a theatre before, this is a great chance to pop in and see what NBT is all about and enjoy some fun activities with all the family.

The Open Day is from 10am – 1.30pm at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. It is free and there is no need to book – just turn up and enjoy!

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An Interview With Three Vampires

September 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm (Events, General Information, Interviews, Tour News) (, , , , , , )

(Left to right) Tobias Batley, Kenneth Tindall and Christopher Hinton-Lewis discuss their approach to playing the title role in Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Dracula.

Dracula is on at the West Yorkshire Playhouse 10-19 September, for details about events at the theatre, audio description, touch tours and more read the Dracula information page.

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New Dancer Biographies

September 9, 2009 at 11:30 am (General Information)

The latest dancer biographies have been posted at the Northern Ballet Theatre website.

Read all about the leading artists, soloists, coryphée and more.

Northern Ballet Theatre's Leading Artists (Photo: HANSON)

Northern Ballet Theatre's Leading Artists (Photo: HANSON)

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Dracula Rehearal Video at The Guardian

September 7, 2009 at 1:28 pm (General Information)

Get a taste for Northern Ballet Theatre’s Dracula which opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Thursday 10th September by watching a preview on Guardian.co.uk

Watch Martha Leebolt and Christopher Hinton-Lewis in rehearsal and read an interview with the dancers for Guardian.co.uk’s popular pas de deux series, http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/series/pas-de-deux

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

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

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Ballet on Briggate

September 7, 2009 at 11:08 am (Learning & Access, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , )

Jo Dean of Northern Ballet Theatre tells us all about the great day in the heart of Leeds…

Saturday morning at 8.30am it was pretty cold on Briggate as Litestructures pulled their vans up in front of Debenhams and started unloading the stage for our Ballet on Briggate event. We had a couple of hours in which to get the stage and banner, generator and sound system setup and to blow up hundreds of balloons so it was all hands to the deck.

Preparing for the afternoon's performances and setting the stage.

Preparing for the afternoon's performances and setting the stage.

Admin staff from all departments, Friends of NBT and parents of the Academy students all helped to give out leaflets throughout the event, to hand out cake and to talk to the public about NBT. There was a real interest from the public about what we were doing and why we were performing in the centre of Leeds.

Lots of information about Northern Ballet Theatre & Phoenix Dance as well as that essential ingredient, cake!

Lots of information about Northern Ballet Theatre & Phoenix Dance as well as that essential ingredient, cake!

Acting as runner for the event, my job was to make sure that the performers were ready to go on stage and that we kept on track with the schedule. I think this was probably the best job to have as all the running around to check on everyone kept me warm in the chilly breeze! The poor performers threw on all their warm clothes and coats the second they got off the stage. The Phoenix dancers in particular, with their bare feet, looked very cold.

The audience however, seemed oblivious to the cold as some of them stood for the whole two hours watching the performances, eating cake and having a go at some moves on our ballet barre. I think some people were surprised to happen upon a ballet performance in the middle of Briggate while they were doing their shopping, but they were soon moving closer to the stage to get a better view.

The whole event went very quickly and it was all too soon that we were packing up boxes of leaflets and taking down the banners. After all the fresh air and running around, I was exhausted but had really enjoyed meeting the public and talking to them about all the opportunities NBT could offer them.

Professional dancers and Academy students put on a great show for an enthralled crowd.

Professional dancers and Academy students put on a great show for an enthralled crowd.

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NBT Stuns Shoppers With Photo-shoot on Briggate

September 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm (General Information)

Shoppers in Leeds got more than they bargained for last week when dancers Anna Blackwell and Guiliano Contadini joined fellow participants and supporters to launch NBT’s 40th Anniversary street party Ballet on Briggate.

Anna Blackwell and Guiliano Contadini with participants jumping for joy. (Photo: Brian Slater)

Anna Blackwell and Guiliano Contadini with participants jumping for joy. (Photo: Brian Slater)

Anna Blackwell and Guiliano Contadini (Photo: Brian Slater)

Anna Blackwell and Guiliano Contadini (Photo: Brian Slater)

Ballet on Briggate takes place this Saturday 5 September from 12noon – 2pm in central Leeds. Dancers from NBT will perform alongside students from the NBT Academy, as well as a group of young people and adults who have come together to create a special performance piece for the event. NBT will be joined by Phoenix Dance Theatre who are partners in our new building – and it will be the first public opportunity to see the new Phoenix dancers under the new Artistic Direction of Sharon Watson.
 
This is a rare opportunity to watch NBT for free and in the open air. Dancers Martha Leebolt and Christopher Hinton-Lewis will perform an excerpt from Dracula, Sebastian Loe and Ashley Dixon will perform the Chinese Dance from The Nutcracker and Michela Paolacci and Hironao Takahashi will perform an excerpt of A Christmas Carol.
 
Briggate is the main shopping centre in Leeds and the event will attract people from across the region and further afield. There will be prize giveaways and a special rendition of “Happy Birthday”.
 
Don’t miss out on this free event. Come down and bring all your friends and family – we’ll see you there.

Anna Blackwell and Guiliano Contadini plus participants (Photo: Brian Slater)

Anna Blackwell and Guiliano Contadini plus participants (Photo: Brian Slater)

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Dracula Visits Leeds Blood Donor Centre

September 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm (General Information)

Visitors to the Blood Donor Centre in Leeds on Friday got more than they bargained for when the world’s most famous blood sucker turned up for a bite to eat.

Dracula  Arrives at the Blood Donor Centre, Leeds

Dracula Arrives at the Blood Donor Centre, Leeds

Dracula swooped into the centre on the Headrow in Leeds where three brave members of the NBT Communications team volunteered to give blood despite the presence of the infernal fiend.

Dracula with three brave members of the NBT Communications team (Photo: Brian Slater)

Dracula with three brave members of the NBT Communications team (Photo: Brian Slater)

Taking great interest in the proceedings, the immortal Count loomed over Laraine Penson and Amy Dutton as they made their life saving donations.

Larraine Penson tries to convince Dracula that she can only donate once every four months (Photo: Brian Slater)

Laraine Penson tries to convince Dracula that she can only donate once every four months (Photo: Brian Slater)

Amy Dutton mesmerised by Dracula's Presence (Photo: Brian Slater)

Amy Dutton mesmerised by Dracula's Presence (Photo: Brian Slater)

For more information on how to give blood visit http://www.blood.co.uk/

To see Dracula in the flesh at the West Yorkshire Playhouse visit http://www.wyp.org.uk/

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