The Royal Opera House

Doncaster is to welcome The Royal Opera House’s national learning programme, in a bold and ambitious partnership set for 2019/20.

The Royal Opera House will partner with Doncaster through ‘Doncaster Creates’ (Doncaster’s Culture Development programme), Cast and Doncaster Council marking 2020 as a new chapter for the town which aspires to be place of nationally significant cultural excellence. 

Deborah Rees, Director for Cast said:
‘This partnership marks a shared ambition for culture in Doncaster. Positive outcomes for local young people remain our greatest challenge as a town and our most exciting opportunity to inspire a generation. Culture should be an essential part of every childhood, so to see every school participate and enjoy in this fantastic cultural experience is a great step forward in our collective responsibility to help our children thrive.’

Through the National Learning Programme, the Royal Opera House will work with every school in Doncaster over three years, putting on a mass community engagement performance in summer 2020.

Juliet Farrar, Executive Director for Doncaster Creates comments:
‘Participating in all kinds of dance is big in Doncaster - creativity, talent development, well-being and joy are at the heart of Doncaster Creates programming for everyone. We’re tremendously excited to welcome the Royal Ballet, further demonstrating that Doncaster is a place where you can participate in and experience world-class culture’.

Alongside this, The Royal Ballet will perform a gala at Cast, and the ROH’s popular Chance to Dance talent development programme will also continue.

Chance to Dance will give primary school children from across the borough who do not have access to ballet in areas facing numerous disadvantages their first opportunity to engage creatively with ballet, connecting closely with the inspirational repertory, choreographers and dancers of The Royal Ballet.

To create more opportunities for aspiring young dancers to engage in further training, the Royal Opera House works collaboratively with local and national dance education partners to model best practice in the creative teaching of ballet and establish more accessible pathways, especially for those who face difficulty accessing existing opportunities.


This three year partnership with the Royal Opera House’s Learning Programmes includes

- Create and Dance, and Create and Sing programmes

- a mass community engagement performance in summer 2020.

- ROH’s popular Chance to Dance (with potential to extend to other programmes: Chance to Create and Change to Sing) talent development programme working with three schools, and their Y3 classes.

- A gala performance at Cast by the Royal Ballet