Royal Ballet to make Hull debut

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The Royal Ballet is to make its first ever appearance in Hull as part of its City of Culture Year.

Hull-born Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare will help mark the re-opening of the New Theatre in September after a £16m remodelling with a gala evening following a day of ­Swan Lake activities.

The event was one of a series of new additions to the year’s programme which includes Flood, a year-long play created by the unconventional drama company Slung Low which will be performed live in Hull, online and on BBC Television. Caption: Flood, credit Perry Curties

As well as hosting the Turner Prize 2017, the newly reopened Ferens Art Gallery is to mount an exhibition, Skin, involving the work of Ron Mueck, Lucian Freud and unveiling Spencer Tunick’s photographic Sea of Hull for which 3,200 local people stripped off and painted themselves blue.

The life and work of Hull’s famous university librarian, the poet Philip Larkin, are to be celebrated with an exhibition, and the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate is to be announced in Hull before the first ever children’s literature festival in the city.

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