It’s a dream show for fans of ballet

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Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal this week.

Northern Ballet kicks off its autumn 2013 tour with a revival of the Olivier Award-nominated dance version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The company will perform the magical production, choreographed by artistic director David Nixon, at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from October 1-5.

In Northern Ballet’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play, which is co-directed by Patricia Doyle, the romantic antics of a touring dance company are played out as it travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh.

Nixon’s choreography brings out the comedy, romance and entanglements of this enchanting story.

His Dior-inspired costumes, along with stylish black and white sets, provide a dazzling contrast to the glorious technicolour of the dreamworld.

David Nixon said: “My version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about young dancers and the passions and tribulations that a young touring company get themselves entangled in.

“It was really important to me to bring the romantic elements out of this much loved story.

“I always enjoy seeing the reaction of the audience to this ballet. It’s great to hear them laughing!

“The ballet is very playful and uplifting and I think many people are pleasantly surprised to see so much humour captured in dance.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed against stunning sets by Duncan Hayler with music by Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms, arranged by John Longstaff and performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Call the box office for ticket details on 0115 9895555.

n Before then, Strictly Come Dancing and Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham this week, appearing in Richard O’Brien’s legendary musical extravaganza The Rocky Horror Show.

The 40th anniverary production is touring the country and is at the venue until Saturday, September 28.

Dani Harmer plays the role of Janet, teaming up with Ben Forster, who won the ITV1 series Superstar, as her fellow innocent Brad.

West End actor Oliver Thornton, who has appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Phantom Of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago and Starlight Express, stars as the Frank ‘n’ Furter while Philip Franks, from The Darling Buds of May and Heartbeat, plays the Narrator.

Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite rock n’ roll musical. It was famously filmed in 1975, starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon.

For ticket details, call 0115 9895555.