The regal ballet will be unveiled for its world premiere in Northern Ballet's hometown of Leeds, before London dance audiences are treated to their own premiere at Sadler’s Wells during a nationwide tour.
As the latest in a line of award-winning and critically acclaimed Northern Ballet narrative dance works, Victoria promises to explore the long and eventful life of one of history’s most intriguing characters.
Queen Victoria was a passionate and powerful woman whose intense love for Prince Albert generated a royal dynasty. Albert’s untimely death from typhoid fever brought Victoria to her knees with grief. She soon became a shadow of her former self, existing as a withdrawn widow dressed head to toe in black.
Northern Ballet’s interpretation tells the story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of the monarch’s youngest child – and lifelong companion – Beatrice.
Travelling back in time from Victoria’s deathbed, Beatrice relives her memories of her mother as a woman in perpetual mourning. Later, Beatrice discovers the Queen anew as she transcribes her intimate diaries and uncovers her relationships as a wife, mother, lover and sovereign.
Entrusted as her mother’s literary executor, Beatrice is amazed at how interesting Victoria’s life was, but keeps her word to her mother to omit anything that could reflect badly on the family. Acting on daughterly devotion, Beatrice effectively rewrites history.
For the internationally acclaimed choreographer Cathy Marston, stories inform dance. This year’s return to Northern Ballet follows the success of her Jane Eyre, created for the company in 2016.
Dramaturgy for Victoria is by the British director and writer Uzma Hameed, whose previous projects include Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works. The narrative unfolds to an original score by Philip Feeney (the man behind the music for Marston’s Jane Eyre).
Northern Ballet assures us that Victoria is brimming with passion, tragedy and fierce devotion. A ballet fit for a queen awaits…
|What||Northern Ballet, Victoria, Sadler's Wells Preview|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
26 Mar 19 – 30 Mar 19, 19:30 Thur & Sat 14:30 Dur. TBC
|Price||£15-£60 (+booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|