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The first of our magical retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Co-produced by Northern Stage.

Filled with dark beauty, this retelling of Rapunzel combines desire, devastation, romance and rescue with spellbinding effect. The production premiered at Northern Stage in October 2012 before across the UK to much critical acclaim. Rapunzel was named 'Performance of the Year' at The Journal Culture Awards 2012.

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

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"It promises to be the next Matilda, the must get tickets for kids with standards." The Times

"I have never been so moved by a ballet, I could barely speak at the end I was so moved." Audience Member

"Thrillingly angular, elaborate and expressive" The Stage

Cast & Collaborators

Choreographed & directed by Liv Lorent 
Scenario Writer: Carol Ann Duffy 
Music: Murray Gold 
Costume Design: Michele Clapton 
Set Design: Phil Eddols 
Dramaturg: Ben Crompton
Narrator: Lesley Sharpe  
Lighting Design: Malcolm Rippeth 
Dancers: Adam Russell, Caroline Reece, Debbi Purtill, Gavin Coward, Gwen Berwick, John Kendall, Mariusz Raczynski, Natalie Trewinnard, Philippa White, Ray Roa, Juliet Thompson
Premiered: Northern Stage

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cast and collaborators

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Adam Russell
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Carol Ann Duffy
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Caroline Reece
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Debbi Purtill
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Gavin Coward
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Gwen Berwick
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John Kendall
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Juliet Thompson
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Lesley Sharpe
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Malcolm Rippeth
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Mariusz Raczynski
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Michele Clapton
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Murray Gold
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Natalie MacGillivray
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Phil Eddolls
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Philippa White
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Raymond Roa
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