Christopher Gable / Stefano Giannetti Posters

Take a look at Northern Ballet's poster designs under Christopher Gable's artistic direction from 1987 - 1998 and Stefano Giannetti from 1999 - 2000

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Northern Ballet Theatre performs The Amazing Adventures of Don Quixote at Sadler's Wells by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Marius Petipa, and Michael PinkNorthern Ballet

Christopher Gable became Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre in 1987.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at Liverpool Empire (1987-11-03) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Tchaikovsky, André Prokovsky, and Northern Ballet Theatre OrchestraNorthern Ballet

As Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre, Gable focused as much on the ‘theatre’ as the ‘ballet’ in the Company's title.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs The Amazing Adventures of Don Quixote at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (1988-11) by Northern Ballet Theatre and Christopher GableNorthern Ballet

As a result, the Company attracted a new audience to dance through theatrical, emotional and dramatic narrative dance theatre.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Alice in Wonderland and Aurora's Wedding at Poole Arts Centre (1988-04-05) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Joseph Horovitz, Rosemary Helliwell, and Elisabeth DaltonNorthern Ballet

During Gable's leadership, the Northern Ballet Orchestra continued to grow in numbers and almost all productions were performed to live music.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform Coppélia (1988-06) by Northern Ballet Theatre and Christopher GableNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet Theatre launched an education department, providing access to quality dance training for people of all ages and abilities.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Simple Man at Swansea Grand Theatre (1989-10) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Gillian Lynne, Carl Davis, and Tim GoodchildNorthern Ballet

In 1990, the Company moved their base from Manchester to Spring Hall, Halifax.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Romeo & Juliet at Blackpool Grand Theatre (1991-02-12) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Mollie Guilfoyle, and Massimo MoriconeNorthern Ballet

This signed poster is from the World Première of Romeo & Juliet in Blackpool.

At the time, this lavish production was considered a huge risk due to financial concerns, but the gamble certainly paid off.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Swan Lake (1992-02) by Northern Ballet, Christopher Gable, Jayne Regan, and William WalkerNorthern Ballet

As well as ambitious new works, Northern Ballet Theatre also performed classic ballets such as Swan Lake.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Swan Lake and a Christmas Carol in London (1992-11-10) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Dennis Wayne, and TchaikovskyNorthern Ballet

Gable's production of A Christmas Carol broke all previous box office records when it opened in 1992.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Romeo & Juliet in the Czech Republic (1994-05) by Northern Ballet Theatre of Great Britain, Christopher Gable, and Czech & Slovak CentreNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet Theatre's international reputation was growing, as shown with this production of Romeo & Juliet in the Czech Republic.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs The Brontës at Darlington Civic Theatre (1995-03-14) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Gillian Lynne, and Dominic MuldowneyNorthern Ballet

The Brontës was a more divisive production and was less well-received.

Northern Ballet Theatre's production of Christopher Gable's Cinderella at Plymouth Theatre Royal (1996-04-04) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta, and Philip FeeneyNorthern Ballet

Gable's version of Cinderella was the only production he choreographed during his time as Artistic Director.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Don Quixote at The Palace Theatre, Manchester (1996-06-18) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Michael Barrett-Pink, and Marius PetipaNorthern Ballet

In 1996, Gable was named a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Dracula at Theatre Royal Bath (1997-06-17) by NBT, Christopher Gable, Michael Pink, and Anthony CrickmayNorthern Ballet

Now one of Northern Ballet's most popular productions, the first version of Dracula was performed under Christopher Gable's leadership.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Giselle at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (1998-06-30) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Christopher GableNorthern Ballet

Gable left a legacy of dramatic narrative performances such as this award-winning production of Giselle.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Cinderella at Theatre Royal Nottingham (1998-10-06) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Philip Feeney, and Tim HatleyNorthern Ballet

Christopher Gable died shortly after this production of Cinderella in October 1998.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Carmen at Wycombe Swan (1999-05-04) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Didy Veldman, and Patricia DoyleNorthern Ballet

Around the time of his death, Gable had been working on a scenario for a new production of Carmen with choreographer Didy Veldman.


While Carmen was being rehearsed, Northern Ballet Theatre searched for a new Artistic Director.

NBT perform Great Expectations (2000-04-11) by NBT, Stefano Gianetti, Charlotte Broom, and HANSONNorthern Ballet

In May 1999, Stefano Giannetti was appointed as Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre.


Giannetti's first production for the Company was Great Expectations, set to music by Edward Elgar.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Romeo & Juliet at Regent Theatre (2001-06-05) by Northern Ballet Theatre, Christopher Gable, Massimo Moricone, and ProkofievNorthern Ballet

This artistic leadership did not last and Giannetti stepped down in 2000.

Despite being without an Artistic Director for a year, Northern Ballet Theatre continued to produce ballets, including this production of Romeo & Juliet.

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