Leeds Grand Theatre: Jumping for joy as Cinderella gets a Russian twist

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The ultimate rags to riches fairytale has had a modern makeover and is taking centre stage at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Northern Ballet is bringing the story to the stage this month with a new production of Cinderella by David Nixon.

The show had its world premiere at the city centre venue earlier this week and it will tour nationally in 2014.

So far, 18,675 tickets have been sold, which equates to almost £525,700.

Set within a fantasy world of Imperial Russia, Duncan Hayler has designed the set and the story includes circus performers and a winter fair.

Cinderella is David Nixon’s 15th new full-length production for Northern Ballet where he has been artistic director since 2001.

Mr Nixon said: “My Cinderella strays far from the pantomime interpretation.

“Amidst all the action, magic and fun lies the story of a real woman and man who must travel their separate roads to ultimate happiness even though that journey is fraught with challenge.

“Cinderella is ultimately a joyous story but it is not without pain, grief and loneliness.”

Rather than a fairy godmother, a magician is one of the central characters.

Northern Ballet has commissioned Philip Feeney to write a new score, which will be played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Leeds-based Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies.

To find out more, visit: www.northernballet.com

For the low-down on all the festive performances across Leeds this month, check out WOW 24/7 in today’s Yorkshire Evening Post.

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