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balletLORENT's award-winning team who brought you Rapunzel and Snow White are back this autumn with the world premiere of this beloved tale Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Liv Lorent and retold by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.


"What will you give me if I spin straw into gold for you?"



Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in a rural world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning where the alchemist, Rumpelstiltskin is outcast until he is revealed to be 'the true prince that he was'.

With a score by Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, costumes designed by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones), narration by actor Ben Crompton, this is dance theatre for 21st Century family audiences.

Phil Eddolls (set design) and Malcolm Rippeth (lighting design) once again join the world class collaborators team, along with associate lighting designer Michael Morgan, to create a visually stunning setting for Rumpelstiltskin.


"It promises to be the next Matilda, the must-get ticket for kids with standards." The Times (Rapunzel)

"Clever, imaginative and often beautiful... (with) depth and modern resonance... the whole production is rich and full." The Scotsman (****) (Snow White)

"It was a magical performance, it was amazing, inventive, just brilliant, and I loved the narration, a great way to introduce children to ballet, helps them and adults to get the storyline." Audience Member (Snow White)

"Absolutely Fantastic! The whole family thoroughly enjoyed it and were mesmerised and moved by it..." Audience Member (Rapunzel)


World Premiere and Northern Stage dates
October 2017

Tuesday 24th, 6pm

Wednesday 25th, 6pm

Thursday 26th, 1pm Matinee & Relaxed Performance + 6pm

Friday 27th, 6pm

Saturday 28th, 6pm



Research and Development


Performance and Participation Project

balletLORENT has been working with local primary schools, care homes and elderly people community groups in the west end of Newcastle, Byker and Walker to find an inter-generational community cast of children (5-9 years) and adults (70+) who will feature in the production. This really is a show for all the family!




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 Tour Dates

Rumpelstiltskin will be embarking on a UK tour March-November 2018 – dates to be announced soon.



Liv Lorent

Liv Lorent
in collaboration with the Company

Scenario Writer
Carol Ann Duffy

Music Composed by
Murray Gold

Ben Crompton

Costume Designer
Michele Clapton

Set Designer
Phil Eddolls

Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth

Associate Lighting Designer
Michael Morgan



Gavin Coward
Natalie Trewinnard
John Kendall
Toby Fitzgibbons
Debbi Purtill
Gwen Berwick
Juliet Thompson
Ray Roa


Apprenctice Dancers

Maria Vincentelli
Benedicta Valentina

Apprentice dancers are postgraduate students who work with the company as part of their coursework at London Contemporary Dance School.


balletLORENT Limited is a registered charity in England and Wales (no.1162921) and a registered company (no.05093450)