The well-loved classical ballet comes to
Journal Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
3 Performances only - Friday 11th March at 7.30pm
& Saturday 12th March at 2.30pm/7.30pm
Call the Box Office 0844 493 9999 or visit

The enchanting story of Coppelia
English Youth Ballet (EYB) brings the charming love story of Coppelia to the Journal Tyne Theatre, Newcastle in a joyous full-length classical ballet production. The story follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz and how he comically falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll. The doll – Coppelia – is created by the eccentric, yet mysterious inventor, Dr Coppelius. The hilarious plot thickens when Franz’s jealous lover, Swanhilda, takes her friends on an adventure into the spooky house of the mad inventor to confront her rival. Of course, the story ends happily after the truth is uncovered. The whole town joins the most extravagant wedding celebration for the smitten Franz and Swanhilda.

The musical score and choreography – a masterpiece
Much of the colourful musical score was composed especially for the ballet, in 1870, by the great master Leo Delibes. It features well-loved classics such as the stirring Act I Mazurka and the grand Waltz of the Hours. The inventive choreography is faithful to the well-loved original and was created by Janet Lewis MBE – EYB’s Artistic Director.

Award-winning English Youth Ballet - one of the UK’s largest ballet companies
English Youth Ballet is one of the UK’s largest ballet companies and previously won The Stage Award for special achievement in regional theatre. The company brings together the finest professional principal dancers from London and around the world with 100 local ballet students selected for their talent and potential.

Highest calibre international principal artists
The professional principal dancers have joined EYB from some of the world’s most renowned ballet companies – including English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnepeg Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal and Ballet de Toulouse.

Reviews and quotes

“A tremendous performance with inspirational dancing”
Kim Chitty, BBC Nottingham.

“The magic worked, EYB notched up another success” – Croydon Guardian.

“English Youth Ballet is a triumph” – Dance Expression.

“Janet Lewis’ English Youth Ballet has now been going for a decade, growing in popularity to such an extent that 8 productions are currently staged each year. The logistics behind such an enterprise are quite baffling – each show uses from 80 – 120 young dancers aged between 8 and 18 so it is not only the concept of providing opportunities for ballet students in the regions to dance in classical ballets but also the incredibly efficient organisation behind it all that deserves accolade’
Dance Europe magazine.

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English Youth Ballet was the winner of the Stage Award for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre in 2006 and Janet Lewis, director, was honoured with an MBE in the New Years Honours list in 2008.

Production shots can be downloaded from the Gallery link. They are zip files and may take a little while to download.