Sheffield theatre welcomes dance version of classic love story

Giualiano Contadini as Romeo and Martha Leebolt as Juliet in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliet
Giualiano Contadini as Romeo and Martha Leebolt as Juliet in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliet
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Northern Ballet take a journey of romance and heartbreak around Yorkshire this autumn, bringing three of their most passionate productions to venues including Sheffield Lyceum.

The season starts with Wuthering Heights at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds from September 6 -10, then a stylish new production of Romeo and Juliet comes to Sheffield Lyceum Theatre from September 14 – 17 and Bradford Alhambra October 11-15, before returning to Leeds Grand Theatre with the fairytale Beauty & the Beast from December 15 to January 7.

Set to Prokofiev’s unforgettable score, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo production of Romeo and Juliet is a modern interpretation of a classical ballet, attempting to capture the raw sensuality and very essence of the story as Romeo and Juliet embark on their impulsive love affair. Northern Ballet brings the intensity and extreme emotions of this classic tale to the stage.

Based on Emily Brontë’s romantic masterpiece and part of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Brontë season, Wuthering Heights is choreographed by Northern Ballet’s artistic director, David Nixon.

It is set to an original score by celebrated composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, known for his West End and Broadway hits Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Wuthering Heights tells the story of Cathy and Heathcliff, whose childhood friendship deepens into an overwhelming love,. As their lives take different paths, their bond develops into a devastating force as unruly and dangerous as the Yorkshire Moors that surround them.

For its Christmas season, Northern Ballet brings Beauty & the Beast back to Leeds for the first time since its 2011 world première. When a vain and superficial Prince is transformed into a Beast for his arrogance, his only chance is for true love to break the spell – but who could love a monster like him?

The show is choreographed by David Nixon and set to an infectious score including music by Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Poulenc, Glazanov and Debussy. Northern Ballet say: "A kaleidoscope of colour and haute couture-style costumes, this is a magical family show that proves that love can conquer all."

Tickets for all performances are on sale now. For booking details, visit and for the Lyceum, go online at