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A live screening of The Royal Ballet’s Opening the New programme in the beautiful surroundings of Queens Gardens. There will be a festival atmosphere with bars selling drinks and snacks and a few surprises specially arranged for this event.

Under the banner Opening the New you can expect an exhilarating evening of classical and contemporary dance, specially curated by The Royal Ballet‘s Hull-born director Kevin O’Hare performed on-stage at Hull New Theatre.

Marking The Royal Ballet’s first performance in Hull for 30 years, the evening will feature performances by some of the finest dancers in the world.

Royal Ballet Principal dancers Francesca HaywardSarah LambMarianela NuñezThiago SoaresSteven McRae and Edward Watson will be joined by Xander Parish, who was born in North Ferriby, first learned to dance in Hull and was the first British dancer to be employed by the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg. Xander’s sister Demelza Parish, a First Artist of The Royal Ballet will also feature in the performance, as well Royal Ballet Soloist Elizabeth Harrod, another dancer who trained in Hull. Hull-born Joseph Caley, who was recently announced as joining English National Ballet from Birmingham Royal Ballet where he began his career, rising through the ranks to Principal, will also perform.

The programme will include excerpts from Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet and works by The Royal Ballet’s associated choreographers, the internationally renowned Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon.

The Royal Ballet’s visit will celebrate Hull’s extraordinary contribution to dance and ballet, while showcasing the city’s next generation of dancers.

Queens Gardens Screening directed by Ross MacGibbon. 


  • Drinks and snacks can be purchased from operators within the event site but you are welcome to bring your own picnic. If you bring refreshments please ensure they are in plastic bottles, cups and/or decanted into plastic jugs before entering the event site. A limited supply will be made available.
  • Security checks will be taking place so please be patient whilst these are conducted.
  • We strongly recommend bringing a blanket as the audience will be required to sit on the ground. You are not permitted to bring chairs and/or any other furniture to this event.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted.
  • Toilet facilities will be available within the event site.
  • No animals will be permitted except assistance dogs.


You must book your ticket/s as normal and contact us on access@hull2017.co.uk if you have any access provision requirements. Spaces are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will not be able to offer additional provision for those who have not booked and turn up to the event site.

Wheelchair Spaces
The site has level access. Wheelchair spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

A limited number of seats were available on a first-come, first-served basis. This provision is now fully booked.

Blue-Badge Parking
If you require blue-badge parking facilities, please use the city facilities available.


Normal weekend transport provision is in operation. Please check transport information boards and/or websites for timetables. Hull City Centre parking facilities are open as normal including George Street Car Park (24hrs), Princes Quay (24hrs) and St Stephens (24 hours). All car parks have a limited number of blue-badge parking spaces. Prices apply.


Event Type

  • Family Friendly


Queens Dock Avenue
01482 300300


If you have purchased a ticket for an event/activity at this venue through hull2017.co.uk, please do not contact the venue direct with enquiries for that purchase as they will be unable to help.

Venue Access

  • Assistance Dogs
  • Blue-Badge Parking
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday All day
Tuesday All day
Wednesday All day
Thursday All day
Friday All day
Saturday All day
Sunday All day

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Supported by Arts Council England.

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