Northern Ballet’s Beauty & The Beast comes to Mayflower Theatre from November 30th 2016.

Be transported to the heart of one of the world’s most famous fairytales as Northern Ballet brings Beauty & the Beast to Mayflower Theatre for the first time, with performances from 30 November – 3 December 2016. A kaleidoscope of colour and haute couture style costumes, Beauty & the Beast is a treasured classic for the whole family to enjoy.

Beauty and the Beast, NORTHERN BALLET

Beauty and the Beast, NORTHERN BALLET

Choreographed by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, Beauty & the Beast tells the story of a vain and superficial Prince. Transformed into a Beast as punishment for his arrogance, his only chance is for true love to break the spell – but who could love a monster like him? Beauty & the Beast will take audiences on a journey into an enchanting world inhabited by fairies, goblins and sprites. Set to an infectious score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, including music by Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Poulenc, Glazunov and Debussy, this magical family show proves that love conquers all.

David Nixon said: ‘Beauty & the Beast is a classic fairytale of good versus evil, exploring the concept of beauty on the inside and the outside. This is not an adaptation of the Disney version of the story – it is based on the original tale and will embrace the darker elements as well as the lighter moments.’

Tickets for Northern Ballet’s Beauty & the Beast (30 November – 3 December 2016) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

Beauty & the Beast Production Credits

Directed and Choreographed by David Nixon OBE
Set Design                                               Duncan Hayler
Lighting Design                                     Tim Mitchell
Costume Design                                     David Nixon
assisted by Julie Anderson
Music                                                       Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Glazunov
Music Director                                       John Pryce-Jones
Music Arranged by                                John Longstaff
Played live by                                          Northern Ballet Sinfonia


Mayflower Theatre to host World Premiere of Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid in September 2017

Mayflower Theatre in Southampton is to host the World Première of Northern Ballet’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid from 21 – 23 September 2017. Tickets go on sale from 30 November.

Northern Ballet's The Little Mermaid

Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid

Based on the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything she knows in a search for love and the desire to gain a human soul. The Little Mermaid will be choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE whose most recent creations for the Company include Cinderella, The Great Gatsby and Beauty & the Beast. This new production will première in Southampton from 21 – 23 September 2017 before a UK Tour.

David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director at Northern Ballet, said: ‘2017 will be an exemplary example of Northern Ballet’s commitment to continuing to create new work and contributing to the dynamic UK dance scene. With an unprecedented three new full-length ballets in one year, I am delighted that we will be presenting audiences with such a diverse range of new productions. As a company of talented dance actors Northern Ballet is in a privileged position to be able to adapt so many different works and continue to challenge the idea of what stories can be told through dance. The Little Mermaid is an enchanting story and the fantastical underwater world of the mermaids evokes such beautiful imagery that it will be an excellent addition to our repertoire. So many people have grown up with an awareness of this classic tale and so I am looking forward to introducing audiences to the world beyond the waves.’

Tickets for Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid (21 – 23 September 2017) are on sale from 30 November from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833