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NEWS: Northern Ballet’s ‘Goldilocks & the Three Bears’ will be just right for young visitors – Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2017

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Little ones are sure to love Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  

The classic story is the latest offering in the Company’s award-winning Short Ballets for Small People series. It follows the hugely successful tours of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs, Elves & the Shoemaker and Tortoise & the Hare – all of which have been adapted for television by CBeebies.

With a running time of approximately forty minutes, these productions are especially created to introduce children and young families to the magic of live dance, music and theatre.

 

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

REVIEW: Northern Ballet’s ‘Tortoise & the Hare’ – CBeebies, March 2016

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Northern Ballet’s latest family-friendly production is a sunny, sporty, springtime delight.

The Company’s take on Aesop’s beloved fable Tortoise & the Hare adds to their growing repertoire of short story ballets carefully concocted with younger audience members in mind. Previous successes Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker captivated theatregoers nationwide and were made into popular television adaptations so my expectations are high for Tortoise & the Hare – currently on tour – and Goldilocks & the Three Bears – recently announced as the fifth show in the series.

Fortunately, Tortoise & the Hare has also been filmed for the small screen and it made its television début on CBeebies this morning. Unsurprisingly, it proved to be the perfect Easter Monday pick-me-up…

 

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REVIEW: Northern Ballet’s ‘Elves & the Shoemaker’ – May 2015

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A timeless tale of kindness comes alive through music and movement

A couple of cheeky elves conjure up magical shoes that are made for dancing in Northern Ballet’s latest captivating production for children.

Inspired by the 1806 Brothers Grimm fairytale, Elves & the Shoemaker tells the story of a poor, hard-working and benevolent shoemaker called Bertie and his caring wife Bettina. Despite their own struggles to make ends meet, they are extremely generous souls who go out of their way to help others. They become the recipients of an act of kindness themselves when two elves, named Tap and Stitch, pay them a visit one night.

These sprightly creatures transform the shoemaker’s very last piece of leather into a pair of magnificent shoes. They are a perfect fit for the next customer who enters the store and the sale means the delighted shoemaker has enough money to restock his workbench. To his amazement, the industrious elves return on multiple occasions and produce footwear to entice an assortment of shoppers. How will the shoemaker and his wife ever repay these helpful visitors?

 

Northern Ballet Elves & the Shoemaker

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REVIEW: Northern Ballet’s ‘Three Little Pigs’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, May 2014

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A trio of plucky piglets blow youngsters away in Northern Ballet’s lively new production for children.

Three Little Pigs is a specially created short ballet designed to introduce little ones to the magic of live dance, theatre and music. Dancers on the Graduate Professional Programme at Northern Ballet bring the well-loved fable to life, accompanied by the musicians of Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

 

Dancers Mariana Rodrigues and Mlindi Kulashe in Northern Ballet's 'Three Little Pigs' (Photo by Brian Slater)

Dancers Mariana Rodrigues and Mlindi Kulashe in Northern Ballet’s Three Little Pigs (Photo by Brian Slater)

 

Last year’s adaptation of Ugly Duckling was delightful so I was eager to see their creative take on Three Little Pigs. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Northern Ballet’s ‘Ugly Duckling’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2013

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“Quacking” tale makes for a delightful introduction to ballet for little ducklings

A lonely duckling who just doesn’t fit in, a menagerie of colourful animal characters and plenty of creative choreography feature in Northern Ballet’s first ballet especially for children.

Ugly Duckling is a captivating adaptation of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Northern Ballet is renowned for powerful storytelling and inventive interpretations of well-loved classical ballets and innovative new productions – inspired by popular culture, literature and opera. Now, the company is on a mission to capture the imaginations of tots, introducing them to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre with a specially created short ballet, based on a familiar tale.

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm