Brand new ballet

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has been chosen as one of only six venues to host a new ballet of Jane Eyre in the 200th anniversary year of author Charlotte Bronte’s birth.

Friday, 9th October 2015, 8:00 am
Choreographer Cathy Marston. Picture by Isak Hoffmeyer.
Choreographer Cathy Marston. Picture by Isak Hoffmeyer.

Northern Ballet is presenting the adaptation of Bronte’s classic masterpiece, and it will be choreographed by acclaimed international dance maker Cathy Marston (pictured above).

The world premiere of the full length ballet will be in Doncaster before touring to five further venues, which will include Aylesbury, between May and June next year.

The Waterside will be the third venue on the tour, with performances on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, 4.

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The ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets, Jane Eyre is the story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries. Orphaned at a young age and cruelly treated by her aunt, Jane Eyre is a plain but intelligent child who grows up knowing little kindness. Sent away to a charitable school she later accepts a position as a governess at Thornfield, a gentleman’s manor whose master is the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester.

In spite of their social differences an unlikely bond grows between the pair but as their romance develops, it becomes clear that Mr Rochester has a hidden past that threatens to ruin them both.

Jane Eyre will be Cathy Marston’s second full length production for Northern Ballet following her creation of the Dickens classic A Tale Of Two Cities for the company in 2008.

She said: “Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre was a novel far ahead of its time and when I think of Jane Eyre I feel inspired by images of her passionate but ‘impossible’ relationship with Mr Rochester, the fire and emotional destruction symbolised by Betha Mason - the infamous ‘woman in the attic’, the contrasting icy moorland through which she seems to run from one chapter of her life to another and, of course, her final reunion with Rochester.”

Ms Marston said creating for Northern Ballet was a joy because of the passion in the organisation for digging deep into stories through dance.

She said: “Though the company has excellent technique and production values, it is their unparalleled ability as dance actors that I love most, so I am thrilled to return to Northern Ballet in 2016 to create Jane Eyre.”

Ms Marston was educated in Cambridge and at the Royal Ballet School and was associate artist at the Royal Opera House from 2002 - 2006 and director of the Bern Ballet in Switzerland from 2007 - 2013.

For this new production Ms Marston has brought on board composer Philip Feeney to compile and arrange a score made up of original compositions and existing work.

Tickets will be on sale soon from the box office on 0844 871 7607 or online at