Fable-themed ballet aimed at young families

The Tortoise and the Hare at Buxton Opera House on February 15.
The Tortoise and the Hare at Buxton Opera House on February 15.

Children’s ballet Tortoise & the Hare is heading for Buxton as part of an extensive national tour.

The production by Northern Ballet is a re-imagining of Aesop’s much-loved fable of a tortoise who, tired ofbeing 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 music and dance.

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, later adapted into a BAFTA winning programme for CBeebies.

The Tortoise & the Hare follows previous ballets for children including Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker. 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.”

Performances are at Buxton Opera House on Monday, February 15, at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. Tickets are currently on sale at £8 for adults and £6 for children. Call 01298 72090 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk