Love story on tour to mark 200 years since Brontë’s birth

Northern Ballet leading dancer Hannah Bateman - who takes the title role in the ballet's production of Jane Eyre - poses next to a portrait of Charlotte Bronte by artist George Richmond during a photo call to mark the 200th anniversary of Bronte's birth.   Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Northern Ballet leading dancer Hannah Bateman - who takes the title role in the ballet's production of Jane Eyre - poses next to a portrait of Charlotte Bronte by artist George Richmond during a photo call to mark the 200th anniversary of Bronte's birth. Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Northern Ballet has celebrated the 200th anniversary of novelist Charlotte Brontë’s birth today, by releasing the first rehearsal images from its new production of Jane Eyre.

The Bradford-born writer was the eldest of the three Brontë sisters, whose novels became classics. Jane Eyre, first published in 1847, went on to become her best-known work.

Northern Ballet leading dancers Hannah Bateman and Javier Torres - who take the roles of Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester in the ballet's production of Jane Eyre.  Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Northern Ballet leading dancers Hannah Bateman and Javier Torres - who take the roles of Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester in the ballet's production of Jane Eyre. Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Now, the enchanting love story is being recreated through dance, with Northern Ballet’s first show at the Cast theatre, Doncaster on May 19-21. Further dates follow at Richmond, Aylesbury, Wolverhampton, Stoke and Leicester.

David Nixon, Northern Ballet’s artistic director, said: “Having already adapted Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights it seems appropriate that Northern Ballet should also immortalise her sister’s Jane Eyre through dance and doing so in the bicentennial anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth makes it all the more special.”

The building in which Charlotte penned Jane Eyre - Haworth Parsonage - is one of seven that has been relisted by Historic England to “fully acknowledge the important history of the novelist”.

Others include North Lees Hall, Derbyshire, the ancestral home of the Eyre family; Stone Gappe in Lothersdale, North Yorkshire which is thought to have inspired Eyre’s childhood home, and Gawthorpe Hall in Ightenhill, Lancashire where Charlotte is thought to have befallen with the illness that led to her death.

In Bradford, her birthplace, 74 Market Street, and the Chapel of St James ruins where she was baptised, have also been relisted.

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