Northern Ballet offers the chance to see dress rehearsals before buying a ticket

Northern Ballet is hoping to reach new audience members by allowing customers to watch dress rehearsals before they actually purchase their performance tickets. This is a ‘try before you buy’ scheme and the beloved ballet company is hoping that people will venture out and try out ballet as a result.

With nothing to lose, the Leeds ballet company hopes that those who watch preview performances in Quarry Hill will then purchase tickets and come back for more after discovering there is a bit more to ballet than meets the eye.

The ballet company will offer a new preview for its next production, Ondine, which will hit the stage officially this September. Rehearsals take place twice a day on August 9th, 23rd, and 30th beginning at 1:20pm and at 5:40pm.

The rehearsals take about an hour from start to finish and tickets to the preview only cost five pounds and even include a packed lunch to help make it easy to sneak in the rehearsal during a lunch break. For those who attend the dinner rehearsal a drink is included the price of the rehearsal ticket.

If a person chooses to purchase a full ticket to seethe play when it comes to the Leeds Yorkshire Playhouse this September then the rehearsal ticket is redeemable against it making the rehearsal completely free. Chief Executive from Northern Ballet Mark Skipper stated that they are very happy to give audiences the chance to see what happens behind the scenes at the ballet.

He added that this will be a great way for people to get a taste of Ondine and see just how much work occurs from the rehearsal room to the final stage when the troupe takes the stage for the production. Ondine will be officially on stage from September 8th to September 15th.