Opera and ballet return to Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds-based Opera North and Northern Ballet will return to Leeds Grand Theatre in 2021.

It’s been a lonely year for theatre lovers, as Leeds Heritage Theatres were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Though the season of work from Opera North is yet to be announced, we can all look forward to Northern Ballet revisiting the classic Swan Lake in March next year. It will be beautifully reimagined by David Nixon OBE (The Nutcracker, Little Mermaid), with Tchaikovsky’s electrifying score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North, says: “We are looking forward immensely to once again creating and sharing great music and opera with our audiences at Leeds Grand Theatre, our home venue of more than 40 years.

“We are working closely with our colleagues at the Grand to ensure that we are able to give our audiences a safe and warm welcome back to live events, with all the anticipation, thrill and joy that live performance delivers and plan to return to the theatre in January 2021; we will be announcing productions for this new season as soon as we can.”

Mark Skipper, Chief Executive of Northern Ballet, adds: “After an absence of almost a year, we are delighted to be returning to Leeds Grand Theatre with Swan Lake. The Grand Theatre is hugely important to us as one of our home venues where, in normal times, we enjoy performing to our loyal Yorkshire audience twice a year. We are also saddened that COVID-19 has led to the postponement of Merlin this winter; other than during the refurbishment in 2005, this will be the first time in more than 25 years that we have not held our festive season in Leeds. However, we are looking forward to performing Swan Lake in March, a beautiful traditional title presented with a twist.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support our audiences have given us over the last few difficult months and are looking ahead with great anticipation to getting back onto the Leeds Grand Theatre stage once more.”

Tickets for Northern Ballet and Opera North performances can be found at the Leeds Heritage Theatres new website: www.leedsheritagetheatres.com

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