Wuthering Heights to be danced in Leeds

IT IS one of English literature's most treasured stories of passion and love inspired by the Yorkshire landscape.

Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 3:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 4:49 pm
Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley in Northern Ballet's adaptation Wuthering Heights. Photo Guy Farrow

Emily Brontë’s romantic masterpiece, Wuthering Heights, has captured the imaginations of readers across the world since it was first published in 1847, telling the story of the doomed relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff.

And Northern Ballet are now bring a production based on the novel to Leeds for the first time in more than a decade when an adaptation of Wuthering Heights is performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse next month.

The production has been choreographed by Northern Ballet’s artistic director, David Nixon. The adaption of Wuthering Heights will be staged at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from September 6 to 10 launching the theatre’s Brontë season.

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It is set to an original score by celebrated composer, Claude-Michel Schönberg, who is known for his West End and Broadway hits, including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

Mr Nixon said: “Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is not a novel that you read and put back on the shelf.

“It is a story that absorbs you, creating powerful imagery that stays with you long after you turn the last page.

“In my adaptation of this timeless tale, I have brought to life the key elements of the narrative, focusing on the intensity and devastation of the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff.”