5 of the best – Performing Arts

Blog written and researched by @tom_ashurst and @richiewear13

Northern Ballet

A powerhouse of inventive dance, Northern Ballet reaches a diverse range of people through passionate story-telling, a mastery of classical dance technique and an absolute commitment to their leading role as an international ambassador for world-class dance.

Take their production of George Orwell’s 1984 for example. Their stunning interpretation of this classic is running at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield until Saturday 24th October. Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins, it tells the tale of Winston Smith, living in a world of absolute conformity and his every action scrutinized by Big Brother. Winston meets Julia though, daring to rebel by falling in love with her.

Northern Ballet regularly tour throughout the Yorkshire and overseas and enjoy making everyone whose lives they touch feel they are part of the Northern Ballet family.

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Sheffield Theatres

Sheffield Theatres is renowned as one of the country’s leading producing theatre venues. It comprises: the Crucible Theatre, Studio and Lyceum, making up the largest UK theatre complex outside London.

The Crucible is the main stage for in-house produced work as well as hosting the annual World Snooker Championships. The performance area is a thrust stage which extends into the auditorium, enabling the audience to watch action on three sides. On top of this, no member of the audience is ever further than 22 metres from the stage.

Alongside award-winning productions, Sheffield Theatres also offers customers a range of options for daytime or evening dining. Their restaurant Crucible Corner, located on Tudor Square adjacent to the Crucible, is open throughout the day and into the evening, offering a beautiful location for a relaxed pre-show meal or drinks with friends and family, while Cafe Crucible, located in the Crucible’s lower foyer, is the perfect place to pick up a light snack or a delicious treat and a hot drink.

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Opera North

Opera North is an award-winning opera company and one of the leading arts companies in Europe. They prides themselves on a fresh approach to opera and musical performance. While opera productions on the main stage lead our work, we’re more than just an opera company.

In 2014 Opera North won the Arts & Culture category at the prestigious White Rose Awards with the judges especially liking Opera North’s exemplary outreach programme, which gives everyone an opportunity to experience opera. On top of this, their brilliant audience attendance figures of 200,000 confirm the ongoing success and appeal of the organisation.

Currently, you can enjoy the dazzling comedy Kiss Me, Kate which is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre. Alternatively, perhaps The Barber of Seville is more up your street. This period production delivers pure enjoyment and bags of style on top of delivering a host of catchy numbers too.

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Hull Truck

Hull Truck Theatre is dedicated to producing high quality theatre of intimate and epic scales at their home in Hull and beyond our walls, reaching diverse audiences including those encountering theatre for the first time.

A key player in the successful bid team that delivered Hull 2017, UK City of Culture, Hull Truck Theatre makes and presents work that creatively responds to the future needs of this vibrant city. They work with partners, audiences and communities to create a cultural home, offering a diverse programme across two theatre spaces, from home-grown productions to inspirational visiting work by leading UK artists.

Hull Truck Theatre is known for telling extraordinary human stories that offer fresh and imaginative perspectives on the world, presenting each project to the highest artistic standards and encouraging the growth of people and ideas. Check out their Whats On guide for upcoming productions.

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York Mystery Plays, York

Since the 1300s, the York Mystery Plays have entertained residents and visitors to the city, bringing to life the greatest story ever told. In 2016, The Mystery Plays make a welcome return to York and for the first time in 16 years (and only the second time in their near 700 year history) they will be hosted by York Minster.

The Minster’s stunning nave will be transformed into a 1,000 seater auditorium for the production and keeping with tradition hundreds of community performers will be involved. Not only are the Mystery Plays always a great spectacle but the fact that the performances will take place in the Minster is a once in a generation opportunity. York Minster has stood proud as York’s premier iconic building for around 800 years and promises to make a truly remarkable backdrop to the performances.

The Mystery Plays return between 26 May and 30 June and tickets go on sale in January – this is guaranteed to be the one performance you don’t want to miss in 2016 so keep your diary free!

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