Charity number 259140
1976 – 1987
Artistic Director: Robert de Warren
In 1976 Robert de Warren was appointed as the new Artistic Director. He was a classically trained dancer with a wealth of experience, having previously worked with the Royal Ballet and with the larger West German ballet companies. To fix the new focus of the company firmly on ballet, he renamed the company Northern Ballet Theatre.
There were now over twenty dancers in the company which enabled de Warren to work on scaled down full length classical ballets, rediscovered works and brand new creations. It was also during his time that the company started to build an international reputation, recruiting dancers from China, Japan, Italy and France, and touring to Italy and Hong Kong. The rapidly expanding repertoire of shorter ballets, to which de Warren himself and Andre Prokovsky made significant contributions, included work from choreographers as distinguished as August Bournonville, Michael Fokine, Walter Gore, John Cranko and Royston Maldoom.
In 1987, after eleven years as Artistic Director, Robert de Warren accepted a new post at La Scala, Milan. His contribution to the development of NBT had been significant; under his direction the company had increased in size to twenty-eight dancers, he had enticed Rudolf Nureyev to become Artistic Laureate and to dance as a regular guest artist, and had secured HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, as NBT's Royal Patron.