Northern Ballet has reimagined John Boyne’s bestselling novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in a heart-breaking new production. The first full-length dance adaptation of this world-famous story, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will have its London première at Richmond Theatre on Tues 6 & Wed 7 June 2017.
Telling the story of an unlikely friendship blossoming through the disturbing events of World War II, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas sees a child’s innocent curiosity lead to a devastating conclusion. Previously adapted for a 2008 film by Miramax, this world-first dance adaptation will be choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Associate Daniel de Andrade. It will feature an original score by Oscar-nominated composer Gary Yershon, sets and costumes designed by Mark Bailey and lighting by Tim Mitchell, with Dramatic Coach Patricia Doyle completing the creative team.
The original storytelling ballet company, Northern Ballet is renowned for creating bold new work challenging the
perceptions of what stories can be told through dance. With its company of exceptional dance actors, Northern Ballet is adept at bringing challenging and provocative stories to life through dance.
Daniel de Andrade says, ‘ I was challenged to develop new storytelling techniques which reflect the first-person perspective of the book without shying away from representing the stark reality of the story’s setting. I was very conscious of doing justice to the tension between darkness and innocence in the original, without sanitising the awful events at its heart.‘
Author John Boyne comments: ‘ Having already seen my novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas adapted for film and theatre, I’m excited to see Northern Ballet’s adaptation for dance. As a writer with two left feet, I will watch with fascination and envy the skill, grace and elegance of the performers on stage. I have no doubt that the Company will only enhance my work with their particular talents.‘