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

balletLORENT's award-winning team who brought you Rapunzel and Snow White returns with a new production 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 is a thing of magic and beauty, not so much a cautionary tale but one of hope and reconciliation." David Whetstone, Newcastle Evening Chronicle (****)

"It’s a fitting, sumptuous and beautifully realised production to bring the five years of the trilogy to its culmination and well deserved the enthusiasm and standing ovation with which it was greeted." Peter Latham, British Theatre Guide

"Fabulous show - beautiful to watch, wonderful storytelling and choreography; a very special evening.." Northern Stage Audience Member

"I haven't enjoyed a show so much for a long time. I was delighted and left in tears by your production." Northern Stage Audience Member



Research and Development


Rumpelstiltskin Community Cast Project

balletLORENT delivered Rumpelstiltskin-based workshops to local Primary Schools, care homes and to older people from community groups in the west end of Newcastle, Byker and Walker. This not only brought dance and movement to people of all ages throughout Newcastle, but also enabled us to find an inter-generational community cast of children (5-9 years) and adults (70+) who featured in the production. In total, we worked with over 100 people aged over 70, and with over 850 Primary School children in areas of Newcastle that would not normally have the opportunity to work with a professional dance company.

Our Community Cast Members for our performances of Rumpelstiltskin at Northern Stage, Newcastle were:

Adult Community Cast

Pat Horsefield
Ann Mead
Irene Scaife
Sylvi Wood


Children Community Cast

Thomas Ryser-WelchWestgate Hill Primary
Amelia BellKnop Law Primary
Kyara FurtadoSt Paul's C of E Primary
Thomas HarrisonKnop Law Primary
Bobby James GrayCentral Walker C of E Primary
Harlow JamiesonCentral Walker C of E Primary
Otto Purtill RitchieCaedmon Primary
Emmy Crompton
Jasmine MamuiniByker Primary
Maddison PalmerSt Paul's C of E Primary

Children Community Cast Understudies

Cameron Earl
Michael Rance




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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)