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Northern Ballet bring Cinderella to Seaton Delaval Hall ahead of Theatre Royal shows

Northern Ballet, who will be performing Cinderella from October 21, said the Hall's scandalous and famous past made it the perfect setting

Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig of The Northern Ballet
Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig of The Northern Ballet

The North East is to get a taste of a Russian winter wonderland when Northern Ballet brings its magical production of Cinderella to Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Dancers from the company - which is one of the nation’s five largest ballet companies - paid a visit to one of the National Trust’s most historic locations, Seaton Delaval Hall, ahead of performances beginning next week.

Designed by the celebrated architect Sir John Vanbrugh and completed in 1728, Seaton Delaval Hall has been a stage for drama, intrigue and romance - which made it the perfect location, Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive, Mark Skipper DL said.

He said: “Northern Ballet and the National Trust are working together to inspire people to come together, to get involved and experience culture in its widest sense.

Members of the National Trust can benefit from discounts to Northern Ballet’s performances across the north of England.

Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig
Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig

“Northern Ballet shares in the National Trust’s ambitions to offer experiences that lift us physically and emotionally and help us connect with history, culture and nature.

“Through our dancers’ visit to Seaton Delaval Hall we hope to inspire people to experience the magic of theatre, both with us at Cinderella in Newcastle and right here at this beautiful and historic Hall.”

Choreographed by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet’s Cinderella gives a new twist to a traditional story with the classical dancers learning both magic and circus skills in preparation for the ballet.

With Cinderella’s transformation scene taking place centre stage and featuring ice-skating dancers, the production has surprised and delighted audiences and critics.

Seaton Delaval Hall gained notoriety in the 18th Century.

Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig of The Northern Ballet visit Seaton Delaval Hall
Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig of The Northern Ballet visit Seaton Delaval Hall

Captain Francis Blake Delaval and his wife Rhoda moved into the newly built Hall in 1728, and over the next twenty years had twelve children.

It was during this period that the Delavals gained their reputation for fun-loving and outrageous behaviour.

Their wild, undisciplined children, under the leadership of the eldest boy, Francis, encouraged travelling players and entertainers to call at the hall and instigated the practical jokes for which the Delavals became notorious.

Leeds based Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets.

And although pumpkins don’t feature in Northern Ballet’s Cinderella, they will later in the month at Seaton Delaval Hall’s Halloween Happenings on Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November, part of the Hall’s regular programme of events; and for even more snow-inspired fun visitors can enjoy Christmas at the Hall on 6 and 7 December.


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