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A new version of the classic fairytale by balletLORENT, written by Carol Ann Duffy and Co-produced by Northern Stage.

A Sadler's Wells and New Writing North commission, in association with Durham Book Festival. Research supported by Jerwood Studio at Sadler's Wells.

Full of dark beauty balletLORENT's new version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel combines desire, devastation, romance and rescue with spellbinding effect for adults and children alike. Rapunzel is for a family audience with a recommended age of seven years and above. Rapunzel premiered at Durham Gala Theatre on the 18th October 2012.

Tour dates

11th - 12th April 14 His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen 01224 641 122
7pm (11th & 12th) Tickets: £17.60 inc. bf.
2.30pm (12th)APA Friends: £4 off; Family of 4: £4 off per ticket

18th - 19th April 14 Sadler’s Wells, London 0844 412 4300
2.30pm Tickets: £15

26th - 27th April 14 The Lowry, Salford Quays 0843 208 6010
7pm (26th) Tickets: £14, £16 / Concs: £2 off
11am & 3pm (27th)10+ Groups Discounts Available

29th - 31st May 14 Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524
7pm (29th & 30th) Tickets: £16 / Concs: £14
2.30pm (31st)Under 26s £10

19th - 20th Sept 14 Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 0131 529 6000
7pm (19th) Tickets: £20 / Concs £17
2pm (20th)Friends: 20% off
  School Children £16, Student/Young Scot Standby £10


Artistic Director, Liv Lorent who has been inspired by the dark themes of this fairy story worked with a strong team of collaborators with world-class recognition and eight of balletLORENT's talented dancers to create this full-length work for middle to large-scale venues.

Liv has said; "Most of us remember Rapunzel's hair and the tower, but we're a bit hazy on the rest of the story. It has been told again and again and reinterpreted for children of today through versions like Disney's Tangled, but we're telling an older, slightly darker version, more akin to its Grimm tale origins. We've included a part of the story which is usually neglected and will be telling it through the eyes of different characters."

Collaborators include: Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate (Scenario Writer); Murray Gold (Music); Phil Eddolls (Set Design); Michele Clapton (Costume); Malcolm Rippeth (Lighting Design) and Lesley Sharp (Narration).

In July 2011, Liv was offered a week of research and development organised through The Jerwood Studio, a major creative initiative developed by Sadler's Wells Theatre and supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, allowing artists the freedom to explore ideas with collaborators.

Liv used the opportunity to explore ideas with nine dancers, set and lighting designers and a production manager to see how the company might produce this work for middle and large-scale theatres. The week focused on the bigger dance scenes within the story that Liv wanted to tell and on set ideas to accommodate a large and varied cast. As an experiment, Liv also incorporated a number of children aged from one to fourteen years into the rehearsals.

balletLORENT would like to thank all of the toddlers and young dancers that have performed as members of the young ensemble across the touring programme:

Durham and Newcastle: Alanna Beat, Hannah Collier, Caitlin Godfrey, Sophie Hall, Juliet Haslam, Bobby Keys, Rose Lewis, Molly O’Brien, George Ong, Alexandria Patterson, Hannah Rutherford, Chloe Shutt, Mia-Rae Walker-Toward and our wonderful toddlers Ena, Marlene, Otto, Emily and James.

Hull: Jessica Addinall, Georgia Harris, Jacob Jackson, Arthur Loades, Paige-Louise Mackenzie, Fergus Murphy, Freya Noman, Lucy Ranner, Lacey Shaw, Sadie Sorensen and our wonderful toddlers Esme, Eva, Maisie and Nanci.

macrobert: Lynne Atkins, Adam Craig, Florence Henderson, Aimee Kyle, Naomi Langford-Thimm, Anya Phillips, Stephen Raby, Sandro Rosta, Poppy Sexton, Katie Sharkie and Rachel Wilson-Laird.

Sadler's Wells: Abigail Aleksander, Kate Brown, Lottie Chivers, Jonah Dryden, Matvej Dubianskij, Daniel Famiyeh, Scarlett Mew-Jenson, Jacob Pownall-Weir, Ren Priestly, Morgan Shepherd and Maisie Woodford.

Oxford Playhouse: Freya Allan, Ronnie Scooby Bates, Harry Andrew Bowden, Jemma Crowther, Harley Jaid Edwards, Thomas Eveleigh, Jamila Okoro, Jordan Lauren Ricketts, Anna Samuels, Laura Stone and Nicolas Winkel.

Eden Court: Justin Baxter, Honor Brown, Emma Butler, Christopher Cowie, Megan Fraser, Grace Green, Caitlin Macleod, Rachael Marr, Zara Patience, Grace Poston, Isla Raistrick and Caitlin Thomson.

CAST, Doncaster: Saffron Danika Broad, Asia Chafer, Frida Cotton, Rebecca Duggan, Harriet Embery, Ellie Fish, Eleanor Green, Sacha Jones, Cara Lee Steel, Charlie Sweeney, Martha Warren- Barratt and Alex Young.

Theatre Royal, Winchester: Scarlett Bainbridge, Lia Chen- Wilson, Lisa Chen- Wilson, Rory Clarke, Ella Clow, Amber Gainsborough, Jacob Hoffman, Josh Hoffman, Alexandra Hopkins, Hannah Latham, Kobe Mullin and Morgan Sadler.

Press quotes

It [Rapunzel] promises to be the next Matilda, the must-get ticket for kids with standards
The Times

Thrillingly angular, elaborate and expressive
The Stage

A sumptuous and entrancing retelling
British Theatre Guide

Everything about the production was fantastic
The Shields Gazette

A true family show that will delight children and grown-ups alike
The Shields Gazette

The Lorent stamp is evident in the style of movement, incorporating much climbing and swinging, indeed physical theatre often feeling more like gymnastics than dance… superbly choreographed and directed.
The Public Reviews

For any parent yearning for a bed-time story beyond the spectrum of pink and for any non-parent who loves (very) Grimm fiarytales, balletLORENT’s Rapunzel is perfect.
What's On North East

This is an emotional, at times chilling, and surprisingly sensual ballet, ripe with symbolism, that deals with growing up, motherhood, desires fulfilled and frustrated – stuff that will keep the adults engaged. And judging by all the child-sized heads in front of me bobbing up excitedly and blocking my view, the kids were happy too.

Audience feedback

It was amazing, hypnotic and magical. My six-year-old twins absolutely loved it and were mesmerised throughout. The music, scenery and costumes were beautiful. Everything was perfect and wonderful
Jo Brown

Rapunzel was absolutely beautiful and spellbinding. Wonderful score, staggeringly imaginative costumes, sensuous and intriguing with great storytelling.
Audience member

The Costume... stunning in every detail, the set design ...enchanting, the music soared, the dancing ...exquisite... the show had my hair standing up on end and felt shudders up and down my spine. It brought one of my childhood favourites to life with such passion and sensitivity. A very moving and powerful show. balletLORENT, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Audience member

One of the most beautiful pieces of dance theatre I have ever seen.
Audience member

Excellent, expressive, beautiful, sensuous would love to see it again
Anne Stringer & Michael Rodgers

So amazing. I have never been so moved by a ballet. I could barely speak at the end, I was so moved. The acting scenery and storytelling was amazing. Thank you.
Kathryn Bell

Such a beautiful, clever and challenging production. Your dancers moved me to tears at times. Congratulations to the whole ensemble, especially your younger members who were delightful to watch.
Michele Nicol

Great, fantastic, brilliant. Really really good! Best ever!
Rebecca Robinson aged 6


A national touring programme for Rapunzel runs from November 2012 until Autumn 2013.

balletLORENT is offering an extensive education programme for all ages and abilities in support of this production.

Should you be interested in programming Rapunzel or interested in education activity please contact







NEW Promo video


Autumn 2012 Promo video


Making of...


Audience Feedback...


Liv Lorent

Liv Lorent
in collaboration with the company

Scenario Writer
Carol Ann Duffy

Music composed by
Murray Gold

Set Designer
Phil Eddolls

Costume Designer
Michele Clapton

Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth

Lesley Sharp

Other Music Credits

Music performed by
Murray Gold & Northern Sinfonia

Ben Foster

Orchestrations by
Ben Foster

Mixed by
Jake Jackson

Composer's Assistant
Julieana Rusnak

Other Costume Credits

Costume Supervisor
Chloe Aubry

Special Costume Maker
Edna Kenny

Costume Cutters
Nicki Varny
Crawford McKenzie

Costume Maker
Nadine Henderson

Costume Artist
Paul Ashurst

Costume Printer
Mo Morrow

Costume Leather Work


Associate Director
Ben Crompton

Assistant Directors
Geoff Hopson
Simon Birch



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Gala Theatre, Durham October 2012

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Northern Stage
Sadler's Wells
Oxford Playhouse
Eden Court
CAST, Doncaster
Theatre Royal, Winchester