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Dangerous Liaisons

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  • Tobias Batley & Martha Leebolt. Photo: Merlin Hendy
  • Tobias Batley & Pippa Moore. Photo: Merlin Hendy
  • Tobias Batley & Pippa Moore. Photo: Merlin Hendy
  • Northern Ballet dancers. Photo: Merlin Hendy
  • Martha Leebolt. Photo: Merlin Hendy
  • Martha Leebolt. Photo: Merlin Hendy
  • Martha Leeebolt & Giuliano Contadini. Photo: Merlin Hendy
  • Georgina May & Tobias Batley with Sebastian Loe. Photo: Merlin Hendy

All production photos: Merlin Hendy.

Press & Audience Reactions

What the press have said…

Tobias Batley & Martha Leebolt. Photo: Merlin Hendy

“A whirpool of lust, love and loss’

The Times

“Think intrigue, think seduction, think of turbulent emotions straining at the tight lacing of 18th Century bodices and lustful thoughts seething under the calmly elegant wigs of aristocratic men’

The Herald, Scotland

“Nixon's breathtaking, dramatic choreography … these Dangerous Liaisons are a volcanic, voluptuous, visceral delight’

York Evening Press

“The costumes are sensual and exciting. The duets are packed with intrigue and emotion’

The Stage

“Northern Ballet's dancers pour masses of spirit and energy into this ballet… Nixon's choreography is fluent and stylish’

The Sunday Times

What our audiences have said…

“Wonderful and beyond my expectations, dramatic interpretation of the ballet is amazing and set, lighting, costume add to the delight’

“Thrilled by their (the Northern Ballet dancers) performance and the interpretation of the story, danced with grace and athleticism … spellbinding’

More about Dangerous Liaisons

The Devil finds work for idle hands. Letters fly between the mansions of France as two bored aristocrats plot a game of heartbreak and ruin. As their plans unfold innocence is preyed upon, relationships shattered and love lost in this account of decadence and cruelty.

Tobias Batley & Pippa Moore. Photo: Merlin Hendy

Vivaldi's spine-tingling Four Seasons, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, wraps itself around the seductive dance in this sexually-charged production.

Whether you're a dance lover or a dance virgin, this bodice-ripping story of lust, power and betrayal will leave you breathless.

Age guidance: 12+

Dangerous Liaisons through the ages

Audiences have been enjoying Dangerous Liaisons for over two hundred years with a variety of adaptations for stage, screen and radio. Here are some of its highlights…


Illustration by Jean-Honoré Fragonard from the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, was first published in four volumes by Durand Neveu. Composed entirely of letters it is the letters between the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomt de Valmont which drive the plot. The 1796 edition was illustrated by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.


The first silver screen adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jeanne Moreau, Gerard Phillipe and Annette Vadim, sets the story in a late-1950s French bourgeois milieu.


Dangerous Liaisons leaps onto the stage in dance form choreographed by Richard Alston for Ballet Rambert.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, written by Christopher Hampton, relights popularity in the story. The cast includes Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman & Juliet Stevenson and goes on to win two Olivier Awards.

Film poster for Steven Frear's film, Dangerous Liaisons.


Stephen Frears' lavish film version of Dangerous Liaisons, based upon Christopher Hampton's play and starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer assures wide-spread popularity and goes on to be nominated for seven Academy Awards winning three.


Before his unforgettable Mr Darcy Colin Firth makes ladies swoon as the lead in the film Valmont. Based on the original novel it also stars Annette Bening and Meg Tilly.


An eight-part adaptation of the novel is broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour starring Juliet Stevenson, Diana Rigg, Samuel West, Melinda Walker and Roger Allam.


BalletMet artistic director, David Nixon, creates and premieres his beguiling ballet version of Dangerous Liaisons at the Ohio Theatre, Columbus. Initially inspired by the 1988 film, and then the original novel, Nixon sets his spine-tingling version to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Film poster for Cruel Intentions.


18th Century lust, seduction and betrayal are given a modern-day update in the form of American teen-flick Cruel Intentions starring Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon. Relocating the story to contemporary New York it is set amongst ruthless upper-class High School teenagers playing sexual power games.


Northern Ballet (Northern Ballet Theatre) premieres Dangerous Liaisons in a version by David Nixon, now the company's Artistic Director, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Martha Leeebolt & Giuliano Contadini. Photo: Merlin Hendy.


Northern Ballet's Dangerous Liaisons returns to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds this September. Don't miss your opportunity to experience this celebrated story for yourself with this seductive ballet.

Book now from the West Yorkshire Playhouse

or call the Box Office: 0113 213 7700

Booking and prices
Book online now or call 0113 213 7700

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 September

  • Evenings: 7.30pm
  • Matinees: Thursday - 2.30pm and Saturday - 2.00pm
Area A Area B Area C
Evenings £28 £23 £18
Matinees £18 £18 £18

Discounts: £3 off per ticket for Senior Citizens (60+ and retired), children under 16, NUS, BreezeCard or LeedsCard holders, Friends of Northern Ballet and anyone receiving unemployment benefits.

  • Groups of 10+: £3 off per ticket
  • Groups of 20+: £4 off per ticket
  • Groups of 40+: £5 off per ticket

Schools: All areas £10. To help you manage your visit we offer one free staff seat with every ten students booked.

Access Tickets: Customers with a disability pay the lowest available price in Area B. If you require a companion please request an additional free ticket when you book.

Under 26s: Free tickets are available Tuesday to Thursday subject to availability.

Discounts are available Tuesday to Friday evenings only in areas A and B. Only one discount applies per ticket.

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Box Office: 0113 213 7700

Tue 7 - Sat 11 September 2010
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Arts Council EnglandLeeds City CouncilWest Yorkshire Grants

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