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Tour dates and bookings

Rumpelstiltskin will be embarking on a major UK tour March to November 2018

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

Professional dancers from balletLORENT will once again be joined by a community cast of children and older people in performances of Rumpelstiltskin. The young cast, all between four and nine-years-old, has been chosen through workshops in schools in the area of each theatre on the national tour.

Eight children have been selected from each workshop and they will join four older people chosen from community groups in each area. A group of children who previously performed in Snow White, was offered development opportunities by balletLORENT and at each theatre two different children from this group will perform the roles of young Rumpelstiltskin and the young Shepherd's Daughter.

So far, we have worked with more than 600 children in preparation for the spring tour and, of these, 60 will be chosen to appear on stage in their local area. In the autumn, we have plans to tour to a further seven theatres with the aim of working with a further 630 children in workshops and selecting 70 to rehearse and perform with our professional dancers.


"We have met some joyous children and lovely families from all over the country. The best thing about running the workshops is seeing all of the children completely transfixed and engaged in creative movement and being able to offer this opportunity to local communities, children and their families." Gavin Coward Rumpelstiltskin and balletLORENT associate


Similar models were run for balletLORENT'S award-winning fairytale performances of Rapunzel and Snow White but this time we are working with specific schools rather than running open castings. Our aim is to visit schools we have not reached before and run interesting workshops full of fun for large groups of children most of whom will never have had any formal dance experience and little access to the arts.

Ahead of the premiere of Rumpelstiltskin at Northern Stage in October 2017, balletLORENT worked with more than 100 people over 70 and with more than 850 primary school children in areas of Newcastle that would not normally have the opportunity to work with a professional dance company.

Our original 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)