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Tour-watch Spring 2014: What's on offer from UK opera and dance companies outside the M25

A look at the touring offerings of companies who've performed - or are soon to perform - at the Royal Opera House.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

7 March 2014 at 5.02pm | Comment on this article

The opera and dance scene in the UK is rich and varied, offering lots of opportunities to see live performance wherever you are in the UK.

To give a flavour of what’s available, we've picked out the upcoming UK touring offerings of the various opera and dance companies who've performed recently - or are soon due to perform - at Covent Garden:


This month The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North's co-commission and co-production of two new operas - The Commission / Café Kafka - will be performed in three different locations. The works will open at Snape Maltings on 14 March, move to Covent Garden for 15-17 March and arrive in Leeds for 22 March.

English Touring Opera are touring three productions - King PriamPaul Bunyan and The Magic Flute around England up until the end of May.
 See ETO's tour dates for Spring 2014.

Scottish Opera are touring Macbeth and Madama Butterfly, as well as a programme of opera highlights north of the border until early August. 
See Scottish Opera's tour dates for Spring/Summer 2014.

Welsh National Opera are touring Manon LescautBoulevard SolitudeLa traviataAnonMoses und AronNabucco, and The Fall of the House of Usher to venues around England and Wales. In July, the company will stage two performances of Moses und Aron on the Covent Garden Main Stage, the first of three years of annual performances at the Royal Opera House.
 See Welsh National Opera's tour dates for Spring/Summer 2014.


Ballet Black are touring a triple bill of new ballets from Christopher Marney, Martin Lawrance and Arthur Pita around the south of England and Midlands. Performances run until Early July. 
See Ballet Black's tour dates for Spring/Summer 2014.

Ballet Central are touring a programme of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance featuring works by Daniel de Andrade, Christopher Marney and Sara Matthews. The programme will also feature the Corn pas de deux and Friends Dance from Coppélia. Performances run until mid-July.
 See Ballet Central's tour dates for Spring/Summer 2014.

Northern Ballet are touring Three Little Pigs and Cinderella extensively around the UK, while A Midsummer Night's DreamThe Great GatsbyDraculaCleopatra, and two mixed programmes will be staged at a smaller number of venues (including a mixed bill in the Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden). Dates run until the end of 2014 when the company will return to Leeds for Christmas performances of Peter Pan in December. 
See Northern Ballet's tour dates for the rest of 2014.

Rambert are touring assorted works including Ashley Page's new ballet Subterrain, the Rambert take on Nijinsky's L'Après-midi d'un faune and Merce Cunningham's Sounddance to venues in England and Wales until late May. 
See Rambert's tour dates for Spring 2014.


You might also be interested in following our ROH Links organizations - small and medium-sized opera, dance and theatre companies who often tour around the UK. Our Cinema Season relays monthly performances from Covent Garden live around the UK. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our cinema newsletter.

Are there other touring companies whose programmes you'd recommend?

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