Tortoise and the Hare ballet created for children

Northern Ballet production of Tortoise and the Hare. Picture by Brian Slater

Northern Ballet production of Tortoise and the Hare. Picture by Brian Slater

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Following a hugely successful World Premiere run in Leeds, Northern Ballet has announced that its new ballet for children, Tortoise and the Hare, will embark on an extensive national tour throughout the spring.

Visiting more than 30 venues, the ballet stops at two theatres near to us, Milton Keynes Theatre in April and the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury in June.

Tortoise and the Hare is a re-imagining of Aesop’s much loved fable about a tortoise who, tired of being teased for his slowness, challenges a speedy hare to a race. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the ballet has been created especially for children and young families to experience and enjoy live dance, music and theatre.

Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, this is the second children’s ballet by the pair who created Ugly Duckling in 2012, which was later adapted into a BAFTA winning programme for CBeebies. The production includes an original score composed by Bruno Merz, set designs by Ali Allen and live music performed by members of the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Daniel de Andrade, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director of Short Ballets for Small People, said: “These ballets are classic tales beautifully retold through dance and are the perfect introduction to ballet for children and young families. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to enjoy live performances designed especially for them and will hopefully inspire a new found love for dance, music and theatre.”

The ballet will be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre at noon and 2pm on Friday April 29, tickets £8, box office 0844 871 7652; and at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday June 4, tickets £8, box office 0844 871 7607.