Northern Ballet makes cinema debut with Children’s Ballets

Northern Ballet in Tortoise & the Hare

Northern Ballet, in collaboration with CinEvents, is making its debut in cinemas in the new year with over 200 screenings across the UK of some of its most popular children’s ballets

Tortoise & the Hare will launch in cinemas on 26 January 2019, Elves & the Shoemaker on 23 February 2019 and Three Little Pigs 23 rd March with encores available in select locations.

Northern Ballet began creating short ballets specifically for young children in 2013 and has since added to its repertoire which now includes six ballets based on well-known children’s fairy tales. Touring widely throughout the UK and featuring live music at every performance, the ballets provide a first experience of live theatre, dance and music for young families and have been seen live by a combined audience of over 212,000 people.

Elves and the Shoemaker
Photo Brian Slater

In addition, all the children’s ballets have been adapted for TV following their premières amassing over 1M viewers. This first venture into cinema will enable more families than ever before to access Northern Ballet’s productions and provide an engaging introduction to both ballet and

Three Little Pigs

The ballets feature performances by Northern Ballet’s world-class dancers with the colourful designs and captivating music audiences have come to expect from these productions. For cinema, the ballets have been enhanced with charming animations and will offer an interactive experience with the story narrated by BBC star Anita Rani and dance demos with the loveable characters for children to learn some of their iconic moves.

Hare and the Tortoise
Photo Brian Slater

To find your closest participating cinemas, find out more information
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Before each of the ballets, cinema goers will be introduced to Elephant, Monkey or Polar Bear, characters from the family friendly animated series, Jungle Beat. Children will be able to join them in their hilarious adventures via a 5-minute episode before the main event begins.

Babyballet are working in partnership with CinEvents for these events and will be offering a 3 week trial for little ones aged 6 months to 6 years across the UK for £15 if they quote bitesizeballets when booking.

10 thoughts on “Northern Ballet makes cinema debut with Children’s Ballets

  1. Kerry Norris says:

    Ooh I think I may have seen these before. Have they been used on the CBeebies shows sometimes. They look very similar. If so they were great

  2. Katy Stern says:

    my girls would absolutely love this!! What a lovely idea!

  3. This looks like a fun show. I bet it was.
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  4. Kira says:

    Oh wow it looks like so much fun. Nila would definitely love this 🙂

  5. Lewis says:

    I’ve never seen anything like this before. Will defo be looking out for it my niece would love it a lot.

  6. What a lovely idea and a great way to get children learning and watching all about Ballet with some of their favourite stories! My daughter is 4 and recently started ballet classes, I know she would love this!
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  7. Laura Dove says:

    Oh this looks like such a fun show! My kids adore ballet and Im sure they would love this!

  8. That’s a really good idea. A great way to get even more out of a cinema – there’s a surge of live events being streamed to cinemas now, and for the screenings to be sold out.

  9. What a lovely idea, this looks great fun for young children. My girls would love it!

  10. Anne Fraser says:

    I think this sounds great fun. I know a lot of children who would love this.
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