Romeo & Juliet Cast Sheet for Leeds Grand Theatre

February 26, 2010 at 10:14 am (Casts) (, , , , , , )

Montagues; Capulets; a Ball; the balcony; fights; death; unrestrained passion; an all-consuming love; the ultimate tragedy.

Northern Ballet Theatre’s classic adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy returns to the stage. Passionate and dramatic, this is ballet at its most intense.

Sets and costumes designed by the award winning Lez Brotherston, stunning dancing and Prokofiev’s timeless score make Northern Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Romeo & Juliet at Leeds Grand Theatre

For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Book tickets from Leeds Grand Theatre. Or call the box office: 0844 848 2702

Casts are subject to change…

Saturday 27 February, Matinée

Saturday 27 February, Evening

Monday 1 February, Evening

Tuesday 2 March, Evening

Wednesday 3 March, Evening

Thursday 4 March, Matinée

Thursday 4 March, Evening

Friday 5 March, Evening

Saturday 6 March, Matinée

Saturday 6 March, Evening

Casts are subject to change…

Book tickets from Leeds Grand Theatre. Or call the box office: 0844 848 2702

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‘As Time Goes By’ Feedback and Photos

February 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm (General Information) (, , , )

Glass Canon, photo by Merlin Hendy

Isabella Gasparini in Don Quixote

Isabella Gasparini, photo by Merlin Hendy

It’s the last night of As Time Goes By tonight… We’ve had some wonderful feedback from the audience, and remember if you have anything you want to say about this or any production you can add a comment to this post by using the form below or send an email to us.

The programme was so diverse and exciting – it will remain with us for a long time to come. How lucky we are to be able to see such talented dancers perform in Yorkshire.
Susan Robinson

Dancing as always – wonderful. Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to the company for all their hard work and long hours of practise.
Carole Engel

A review of As Time Goes By on the Yorkshire Post website…

Ashley Dixon, Tobias Batley & Kenneth Tindall in As Time Goes By, photo by Merlin Hendy

You can book tickets for As Time Goes By and the upcoming Romeo & Juliet from Leeds Grand Theatre, box office: 0844 848 2701.

Northern Ballet Theatre 2010 tour schedule.

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‘As Time Goes By’ Casting, Leeds Grand Theatre

February 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm (Artist's News, Casts) (, , , , , , )

As Time Goes By is an opportunity to see the company perform a rich variety of work by an array of talented choreographers. All music is played live by the Nothern Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

All roles for the evening including Powerhouse Rhumba, Glass Canon & Angels in the Architecture are performed by Northern Ballet Theatre dancers.

To book tickets please contact Leeds Grand Theatre on 0844 848 2701

For more information on As Time Goes By visit our website.

Please be aware that the cast can change at any time without notice…

Tuesday 23 February

Don Quixote

Ossein

As Time Goes By

Wednesday 24 February

Don Quixote

Ossein

As Time Goes By

Thursday 25 February (Matinee)

Don Quixote

Ossein

As Time Goes By

Thursday 25 February (Evening)

Don Quixote

Ossein

As Time Goes By

Please be aware that the cast can change at any time without notice…

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Birth of a Christmas Ballet…

December 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm (40th Anniversary, General Information) (, , , , , , )

A fantastic article about Northern Ballet Theatre and putting on a large-scale ballet in The Independent this week…

What does it take to put on a Christmas dance spectacular? Jonathan Brown goes behind the scenes at Leeds Grand Theatre to witness the organised chaos…

Read full Independent article…

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Peter Pan Leeds Casting

December 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm (Casts, General Information) (, , , )

Updated (18 December)

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Leeds Grand Theatre.

Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office:0844 848 2701

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, 23 December

Evening, 7.00pm

Thursday, 24 December

Matinée, 2.00pm

Saturday, 26 December

Evening, 7.00pm

Sunday, 27 December

Matinée, 4.00pm

Older Dates…

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Children’s thoughts on their first ballet

December 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm (Events, General Information, Learning & Access) (, , , , , , )

As it draws near to Christmas you might think that things are quieting down here at Northern Ballet Theatre but it’s as busy as ever for the Learning and Access team as our START project gets into full swing.

Last Thursday we had 400 school children come to Leeds Grand Theatre to watch a performance of A Christmas Carol and I have to say, it took a lot of organizing but it was an amazing day and well worth all the effort! From the moment they arrived in the foyer, the children started getting excited as they recognized Caroline and Sophie who had already been into their schools to teach a workshop, and there was an excited buzz around the theatre as children bought sweets and drinks for the show.

As they settled into their seats for the performance, which for some was their first time to a theatre, there were many wide eyes as they admired the ornate Victorian auditorium. David Nixon welcomed them and then the children were engrossed throughout the performance. The cheering and clapping at the end was incredible – I could hear it from out in the foyer! It wasn’t only the children who enjoyed the show, the teachers I spoke to afterwards were in raptures about the performance and one even said it was better than Disney’s new blockbuster film!!

After we had got some of the pupils on to their buses and on their way home, some of the schools stayed behind to see a half hour demonstration by NBT’s technical team about how the production is put together. The stage manager described how she runs the show to make sure all the scenery comes in at the right point and the lights change on time, and the technicians gave away the secret of how the snow is made. The pupils came up with some great questions about how the trap door works, how long it takes to put the show together, and how they made the set, which gave them a new understanding of the creation of the magical show.

The will all be back in the theatre in February to see As Time Goes By and I hope they are as excited second time round because when the auditorium was full of eager children, the atmosphere was electric and the theatre really came to life.

START is supported by The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts and is in partnership with Leeds Grand Theatre.

Video photos by Brian Slater

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Scrooge brings festive cheer to young patients in Leeds

December 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm (Company News, Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , , )

Some very special guests attended Leeds Grand Theatre on Sunday. Young patients from Leeds Teaching Hospitals came to see Northern Ballet Theatre’s A Christmas Carol at which tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from mealy-mouthed skin-flint to the most famous champion of Christmas spirit.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

After the show the young patients were joined by Scrooge and other characters from the production for a VIP tea party and games. The patients, their families and staff were treated to tickets to the performance and the tea party courtesy of NBT sponsor, Accenture.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Sharon Edwards from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals says: “We cannot thank NBT and Accenture enough for giving some of our younger patients the opportunity to go along and see a performance of A Christmas Carol. What a magical experience it was, especially as they got to meet some of the cast, their little faces were such a picture! The patients who came along all have long-term illnesses and conditions and are regularly receive treatment here. On behalf of all the children and their families, a very big thank you.”

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

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Family Fun Days

December 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm (Events, Learning & Access) (, , , , , )

Saturday morning truly marked the beginning of the festive season for me as we had the first of our Family Fun days, this one based on A Christmas Carol. We played games, re-created our own version of the phantoms ghostly dance, sang carols and Christmas songs from the show and even got dressed as if Scrooge on Christmas morning… Parents and kids alike had a great time (even the dad who had been sent by his wife without a clue of what he’d be doing) and I’m looking forward to the next on Peter Pan.

We’ll become Pirates and Lost Boys as we create our own version of Neverland, learning steps from the show, making up dances and crafts with Caroline (who is known for her love of glitter, paints, glue and anything messy).

Perfect for getting in the festive mood and a break from the shopping… or from the family if you send the kids along with dad!

Sophie
Dance Education Officer

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Oh Come All Ye Choristers

October 1, 2009 at 9:59 am (Events) (, , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol - Photo: Brian Slater

Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol - Photo: Brian Slater

Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) is on the look out for a special primary school choir to launch their Christmas season. The chosen choir will sing live on stage at the Grand Theatre in Leeds before NBT’s opening performance of A Christmas Carol.

Primary schools choirs across Leeds were invited to take part in the competition and to-date 17 schools have entered. All choirs will prepare two carols: How Far is it to Bethlehem and one other of their choice. Five choirs will be chosen for the final heat, to perform in front of judges at NBT’s studios in West Park.

Judges will include NBT Musical Director John Pryce Jones, who will visit the 5 finalist schools and work with them on their entries, and Simon Lindley, Organist of Leeds Parish Church and of Leeds Town Hall. They will be joined in the judging by an NBT dancer and another special guest, yet to be announced.

John Pryce-Jones said: “We’re not necessarily looking for the biggest and loudest choir, but we do want a choir with stage presence. Choirs will be judged on their vocal and musical quality, interpretation of the songs and presentation.”

For further information contact Stephanie Bell, Northern Ballet Theatre, 0113 274 5355, stephanie.bell@northernballettheatre.co.uk

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Swan Lake Cast List – Leeds

March 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm (Artist's News, Casts, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , )

The Swans Dance - Photo: HANSON

Please note: All casts are subject to change.

Wednesday 4 March (Eve)

Anthony –  Kenneth Tindall
Simon – Christopher Hinton-Lewis
Odette – Keiko Amemori
Odilia – Martha Leebolt
Mother – Nathalie Léger
Father – Steven Wheeler
Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
Brother – Ben Mitchell


Thursday 5 March (Mat)

Anthony Christopher Hinton-Lewis
Simon – John Hull
Odette – Michela Paolacci
Odilia – Keiko Amemori
Mother – Dreda Blow
Father – Steven Wheeler
Young Anthony – Brice Asnar
Brother – Ben Mitchell


Thursday 5 March (Eve)

Anthony Tobias Batley
Simon – David Ward
Odette – Martha Leebolt
Odilia – Georgina May
Mother – Hannah Bateman
Father – Darren Goldsmith
Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
Brother – Ben Mitchell


Friday 6 March (Eve)

Anthony Tobias Batley
Simon – David Ward
Odette – Martha Leebolt
Odilia – Georgina May
Mother – Hannah Bateman
Father – Darren Goldsmith
Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
Brother – Ben Mitchell


Saturday 7 March (Mat)

Anthony Christopher Hinton-Lewis
Simon – John Hull
Odette – Michela Paolacci
Odilia – Keiko Amemori
Mother – Dreda Blow
Father – Steven Wheeler
Young Anthony – Brice Asnar
Brother – Ben Mitchell


Saturday 7 March (Eve)

Anthony –  Kenneth Tindall
Simon – Christopher Hinton-Lewis
Odette – Keiko Amemori
Odilia – Martha Leebolt
Mother – Nathalie Léger
Father – Steven Wheeler
Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
Brother – Ben Mitchell

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David Sumbler’s Weblog

February 19, 2009 at 1:00 pm (Artist's News, General Information, Music, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , , )

David Sumbler, principal flute player

David Sumbler, principal flute player

David Sumbler, principal flute player, has performed with the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra for over 20 years. In his new blog David gives an insight into the life and work of the Orchestra, both on and off tour.

 

I’m sure most of you have been following the fascinating blogs written by Hannah and Rym. Well, now you are going to have the chance to find out what the Orchestra has been up to as well.

   

As the Company is not yet on tour, I thought I would begin by telling you a little bit about how the Orchestra works, and what the musicians’ lives are like.

 

At the moment the dancers are, I am sure, working very hard to learn the productions for the forthcoming tour. But the Orchestra only starts rehearsing for the Mixed Programme on Monday 23 February, just 3 days before opening night!

   

On Monday we will have 6 hours rehearsal in a church in Brighouse, just for the Orchestra, and 9 hours the following day. The first time that dancers and Orchestra try things over together is at the dress rehearsal at Leeds Grand Theatre on Wednesday afternoon. Up until then, the dancers will only have heard the music played on the piano, or perhaps on a recording. We have a second dress rehearsal in the evening, and then we open the show on the Thursday afternoon. Now you know why people talk about first night nerves!

 

As I said, the dancers don’t get to hear the music live until a day or so before the opening night. We, on the other hand, sometimes never see the dancing at all (although the conductor will have been to some of the rehearsals). This is because being in the Orchestra pit it is difficult or impossible for us to see the stage, especially for the brass and percussion who are sometimes actually underneath the stage. It all depends on the theatre and where you are sitting in the pit.

   

We don’t work full time for NBT: we are freelance musicians. It would not make much sense for NBT to put us on full-time salaries, when they only need us for about half the year. At the same time, they don’t want to have a rag-bag of musicians sight-reading the show at every new venue. So we have a you-scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours arrangement: the Company agrees who it wants in the Orchestra and offers the work to us; we accept as much of the work as we can, although there may be occasions when particular players are not available. In this way, NBT gets the players it wants most of the time without the expense of paying retaining fees, and the musicians have about six months work in the year which they can fairly count on, but can still keep up other professional connections so that they are not out of work for the rest of the year.

 

So, if you have ever looked into the pit and noticed that, for instance, a bassoonist called Paul looks suspiciously like a woman, it is most likely that Paul was not available and a “dep” (deputy) has been booked instead. All of our deps are excellent players who work with us frequently and are as much part of the team as those of us who are there the rest of the time.

   

You might be wondering what sort of work the musicians do when they are not working for NBT. Mostly it is freelance work with other Orchestras: various NBT Orchestra members work regularly for the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and other such orchestras. There are also TV and film sessions. Most also do some individual teaching of their instrument, either privately or in a music college or school. People also do concerts of chamber music, solo recitals and suchlike.

   

Personally, I used to do all of the above, as well as working as a music examiner, adjudicator, composer, arranger, editor, accompanist and repetiteur. I have even played the piano for rehearsals and ballet class for NBT in the dim, distant past. Now, from choice, I do little paid work other than working for NBT. This is because, as the oldest member of the Orchestra (although not the longest serving) I decided that it was time I just did the things I really enjoy doing, and so far as work was concerned, that meant playing for NBT.

   

And why do I enjoy working for the Company so much? Certainly because of the music and the dance (even though I often can’t see it!) but it is also because of the people I work with. This is even more important than it would be in a normal job, because since we are staying away from home for a week at a time, we tend to spend much of our free time with our colleagues, so they need to be good friends too.

   

So that’s a little bit about the background of the Orchestra and the way we work. Next time I write we shall have begun the spring tour, so I shall tell you something about life when we are actually working for NBT!

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