Emmie Newitt

First major adaptation of BALLET SHOES at the National Theatre this festive season

This will be the first major stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Noel Streatfeild.

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Ballet Shoes will premiere at the Olivier Theatre from 23 November. This festive family show will be adapted by Kendall Feaver and directed by Katy Rudd, who returns to the National Theatre following her acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

What is Ballet Shoes about?

First published in 1936, Ballet Shoes follows three adopted sisters: Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil as they navigate the challenges and triumphs of pursuing their dreams in 1930s London. Each girl discovers her unique talents - Pauline in acting, Petrova in mechanics, and Posy in ballet. All of them are striving to make a name for themselves in their chosen fields. However, along the way, they will encounter financial struggles and opportunities in the world of theatre and ballet that will teach the sisters about the importance of resilience, determination, and the bonds of family in the pursuit of their aspirations.

The and cast creative team of Ballet Shoes

Directed by Katy Rudd with set design by Frankie Bradshaw, costume design by Samuel Wyer, choreography by Ellen Kane, composition by Asaf Zohar, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Ian Dickinson and casting by Bryony Jarvis-Taylor.

Casting to be announced.

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Recommended for ages 7+, this stage adaptation of a beloved novel will certainly inspire young audiences over the festive season.