Following the sell-out of tickets for Opening the New, The Royal Ballet event on 16 September to officially reopen Hull New Theatre, thousands of more tickets will go on sale tomorrow morning for a live screening of the event in Queens Gardens, enabling, even more, people to be part of the event.5,000 tickets are being made available for the live screening in Queens Gardens, with tickets costing £6 and being released at 10 am tomorrow on the Hull 2017 website (www.hull2017.co.uk/royalballetscreening).
Organised by Hull 2017, this additional event is being supported by Hull Culture and Leisure, which runs the theatre on behalf of Hull City Council. There will be a festival atmosphere at the screening with bars selling drinks and snacks and a few surprises specially arranged for the screening event.
Opening the New takes place on Saturday, September 16 and follows a £16 million rebuilding programme at the theatre.
Specially curated by The Royal Ballet’s Hull-born director Kevin O’Hare, it is part of a day of celebration of dance in Hull’s city centre that will be one of the highlights of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme.
Around 300 free tickets have been set aside to enable young people in Hull, who are studying dance or have a special interest in it, to attend the performance at Hull New Theatre.
A further group of young people from across Hull are also being invited to enjoy the live screening in Queens Gardens for free, as part of the ongoing commitment to ensure youngsters in every part of the city have the opportunity to participate in this City of Culture year.
Earlier in the day, there will be two performances of Take Flight, a newly commissioned dance piece by The Royal Ballet and Hull 2017, which will take place in Trinity Square in front of the recently designated Hull Minster. These will be free to attend.
Opening the New launches a diverse autumn season at Hull New Theatre, which includes the National Theatre productions of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler; the Opera North residency The Little Greats; Northern Ballet’s new The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas; and the world premiere of John Godber’s The Kings of Hull
Janice Wincott, Theatre and Halls manager, Hull Culture and Leisure, said:
“It’s fantastic to see the support for the theatre as we complete our final preparations before opening. The Royal Ballet performance will set the scene for the world-class productions we are going to be welcoming in the coming weeks, months and years and we look forward to audiences coming to enjoy the new venue and seeing its transformation.”