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Casanova Uncovered: a true story in a new ballet

7 February 2017

Northern Ballet dancers in Casanova. Photo Guy Farrow 600x400

Casanova wasn’t just a legendary lover; he had real substance, you know! With so many other talents under his belt he would no doubt have been horrified to know his legacy today largely focuses on his womanising ways...

So, to try and correct this misconception, the Northern Ballet’s new show, Casanova, will bring the story of the 18th century man of many surprises to the stage as a ballet for the first time ever. Expect stunning costumes, amazing set design and beautiful music; it’s set to be a true feast for the senses!

Image: Guy Farrow


Giacomo Casanova was an Italian polymath: an adventurer, author, musician, philosopher and general all-round intelligent guy – he spoke six languages, went to university aged just 12 – 14 years old and earned a degree in law by the age of 17! His life is an amazing adventure spanning many countries and careers, and featuring not only a myriad of women but also time in prison, spying, debt, prison breaks and even a stint as a cardinal – though he was dismissed from this position after becoming embroiled in a scandal (is anyone surprised?). He spent his last few years in Bohemia, where he wrote his amazing memoirs. He certainly had far more to him than women, as his reputation often (incorrectly) suggests. To say he led an eventful life is certainly an understatement…



Casanova. Photo Guy Farrow new lower res 600x400

Image: Guy Farrow

A ballet based around this rather enigmatic, talented individual sounds like a great way to spend a few hours – and the decadent production of Casanova at Norwich Theatre Royal has been created by the Northern Ballet’s artistic director David Nixon OBE, who actually worked with a local historian, actor and dramatist Ian Kelly, to develop and write the show. It’s a unique type of production as it’s based on non-fiction – the story of Casanova’s life - and also a modern biography, which was written by Ian and was a Sunday Times Biography of the Year in 2008-9. Ian describes Casanova’s life story as “the stuff of theatre”, and this certainly sounds like a fantastic show to experience!

Tickets for Casanova are on sale now, £8 - £37.50. Tuesday 4 April – Saturday 8 April, Norwich Theatre Royal. Book online or call 01603 630000.



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