Northern Ballet brings its much loved Olivier-nominated dance version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Milton Keynes Theatre next month.
And the company hasn’t forgotten the little ones. A matinee performance of the company’s new ballet for children, Three Little Pigs, will be trotting along to the venue on May 23.
In Northern Ballet’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play, which is co-directed by Patricia Doyle, the romantic antics of a touring dance company are played out as it travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh.
David Nixon’s choreography brings out the comedy, romance and entanglements of the story.
His Dior-inspired costumes, along with stylish black and white sets, provide a dazzling contrast to the glorious technicolour of the dreamworld.
Said Nixon: “My version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about young dancers and the passions and tribulations that a young touring company get themselves entangled in.
“It was really important to me to bring the romantic elements out of this much loved story. I always enjoy seeing the reaction of the audience to this ballet. It’s great to hear them laughing!
“The ballet is very playful and uplifting and I think many people are pleasantly surprised to see so much humour captured in dance.”
MND runs from May 20-24.
*Three Little Pigs is the second production in Northern Ballet’s series of Short Ballets for Small People, following the sell-out success of Ugly Duckling, which became a BAFTA award-winning TV adaptation for CBeebies.
Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Hannah Bateman and Victoria Sibson, Three Little Pigs brings to life the famous fable of how the little pigs escape the Big Bad Wolf as he tries to huff and puff and blow their houses down.
Selina McGonagle, director of learning at Northern Ballet, said: “I am so pleased that we are able to tour the work of Northern Ballet making it accessible to young children and their families.
“This fun, lively production is a brilliant way to introduce under fives to seeing ballet and visiting the theatre”.
The performance lasts 30 minutes and is performed to live music and includes classical compositions and theme tunes from popular children’s cartoons such as Frank Churchill’s Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.