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The final part of our fairytale trilogy, this is an original adaptation of the beloved Grimm Brothers tale of 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?”

Rumpelstiltskin is the story of the outsider shunned for being different. He is the original super mutant, and fairytale X-man.

“...the spirit of his mother was with him always... her love for him was so strong that the boy learned to turn ordinary things into gold.”

A story of love, obsession, grief and reconcilia on in a show made as much for adults as it is for children.

With a score by Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, costumes designed by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones), narration by actor Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones), set design by Phil Eddolls, and lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth and Michael Morgan, this is dance theatre for 21st Century family audiences.

Performed by 8 of balletLORENT’s professional dancers, who are joined by an inter-generational cast of children (aged 4-9 yrs) and elderly people (aged 65+ yrs) who have been sourced through local primary schools, and community groups. This really is a show for all the family!

Rumpelstiltskin Trailer

“Sensuality, luxuriance, intimacy and open-heartedness – such are Lorent’s enduring strengths.”

Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian

“Antic fun abounds as poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy casts a peculiar spell on the Grimm original”

Luke Jennings, The Observer

"It could quite possibly be the perfect family show."

British Theatre Guide

Cast & Collaborators

Choreographed & directed by Liv Lorent
Scenario Writer: Carol Ann Duffy
Music: Murray Gold
Costume Design: Michele Clapton
Set Design: Phil Eddolls
Narrator & Dramaturg: Ben Crompton
Lighting Design: Malcolm Rippeth & Michael Morgan
Artistic Associate: Debbi Purtill
Dancers: Gavin Coward, Natalie Trewinnard, John Kendall, Toby Fitzgibbons, Caroline Reece, Gwen Berwick, Juliet Thompson, Ray Roa, Virginia Scudaletti, Benedicta Valentina, Jordaine Lincoln
Premiered: Northern Stage

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cast and collaborators

See all of our talented dancers and collaborators, who’ve made Rumpelstiltskin the spectacular production it is.

Ben Crompton
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Benedicta Valentina Mamuini
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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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Jordaine Lincoln
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Juliet Thompson
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Malcolm Rippeth
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Michael Morgan
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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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Raymond Roa
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Toby Fitzgibbons
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Virginia Scudeletti
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