Classic fairytale leaps on to Stirling stage

'The Elves and the Shoemaker' will be on stage next week
'The Elves and the Shoemaker' will be on stage next week

The hugely popular Northern Ballet brings an enchanting new ballet for children to Stirling’s Macrobert Arts Centre next week.

Choreographed by Ballet Master Daniel de Andrade, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ is the latest in the award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People which already includes the hugely popular ‘Ugly Duckling’ and ‘Three Little Pigs’.

The short ballets have been seen live by more than 30,000 people and on TV by more than 1.4 million people in the CBeebies TV adaptations, for which ‘Ugly Duckling’ received a Children’s BAFTA and ‘Three Little Pigs’ has received a Children’s BAFTA nomination.

Masters in storytelling, Northern Ballet has re-imagined the famous Brothers Grimm story about a poor and hard-working shoemaker who receives some much-needed help from two elves. This enchanting, entertaining and heart-warming production will last approximately 40 minutes and is suitable for ages 3+.

Daniel de Andrade, Choreographer of Elves & the Shoemaker and Artistic Director of Short Ballets for Small People, said: “We hope to inspire children and their families through these entertaining and enchanting performances to develop a love for live dance, music and theatre.”

‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ is at the macrobert arts centre on Thursday, April 9 at 12.15 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

For tickets, priced £8.50, call the box office on 01786 466 666 or visit