3:00 AM 15th February 2023

Royal Ballet Principal Guest Star with Northern Ballet In The Great Gatsby

Ryoichi Hirano  ©︎Johan Persson
Ryoichi Hirano ©︎Johan Persson
Joining the Company in the role of Gatsby for performances in Leeds and London is Principal of The Royal Ballet, Ryoichi Hirano. Hirano joined The Royal Ballet as a Prix de Lausanne apprentice in 2001, developing through the ranks of the company to Principal in 2016. He has also performed as Guest Principal for Norwegian National Ballet and Scottish Ballet.

Ryoichi Hirano ©︎Emma Kauldhar
Ryoichi Hirano ©︎Emma Kauldhar
Hirano will be partnered with Northern Ballet First Soloist Saeka Shirai. Hirano and Shirai will dance together in the following performances at Leeds Grand Theatre:

Thursday 9 March, 2.30pm

Saturday 11 March, 7.30pm

Friday 17 March, 7.30pm

Saturday 18 March, 7.30pm

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
Also partnered as Gatsby and Daisy are Principal Soloist Joseph Taylor & First Soloist Dominique Larose, First Soloists Sean Bates & Saeka Shirai and First Soloist Jonathan Hanks & Leading Soloist Sarah Chun.

Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby first premiered in March 2013 to critical acclaim at Leeds Grand Theatre and this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Federico Bonelli, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director said:

"I am thrilled to be welcoming my former colleague Ryoichi to our ranks this spring as we revive one of Northern Ballet’s most beloved productions. Jay Gatsby is a rich, challenging and complex character that finds new nuances in each dancer's interpretation, so I look forward to seeing what Ryoichi brings to the role."

In addition to The Great Gatsby, Northern Ballet will be touring Beauty & the Beast and The Nutcracker to theatres this year, visit northernballet.com/whats-on to find out more.