Grantham dance company to perform ballet to mark Oscar Wilde anniversary

The Happy Prince
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Chantry Dance Company will perform ‘The Happy Prince’ and two other original ballets in its home town of Grantham to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s birth.

To celebrate the anniversary, the company has included Wilde’s magical story in its annual UK tour programme.

Adapted and choreographed by West End and Sadler’s Wells performers Paul Chantry and Rae Piper, ‘The Happy

Prince’ will play at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, on Wednesday, October 22, at 7.30pm, and The Terry O’Toole Theatre, Lincoln on Thursday November 6 at 7.30pm.

‘The Happy Prince’ tells the story of a prince who gives away all his wealth to the poor people of his kingdom with the help of a swallow. In life, spending every day in his wonderful palace, the Prince had no idea how his people suffered. It is only after he becomes a statue overlooking the city that he learns the truth.The poignant tale is told through modern ballet, music and puppetry.

As well as ‘The Happy Prince’, there are two other ballets in Chantry’s tour programme. The first, ‘All I Can Do Is Be Me’, is set to Bob Dylan’s best-loved songs, including ‘Tambourine Man’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’. The second, Gershwin’s famous jazz concerto ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, is presented as a dynamic duet.

The programme is performed by a talented international cast.

Tickets for ‘The Happy Prince’ tour can be ordered at or call 01476 406158.

Tickets for Lincoln can be ordered at or by telephone on 01522 883311.

You can find out more from the Chantry Dance Company website:

Chantry Dance Company is one of the UK’s freshest and most exciting modern ballet companies, specialising in telling stories, both traditional and original, that are entertaining and use the highest artistic quality. Under the leadership of Paul Chantry and Rae Piper, the company has danced all over the UK to fantastic reception. Paul and Rae are in-demand choreographers whose work has been performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells, in opera companies and national festivals.

Chantry’s mission is to bring dance to anyone and everyone. The company aims to encourage new dance audiences with accessible, entertaining modern ballets that are relevant and meaningful in today’s world.

Alongside their performance work, they run educational and outreach programmes focused on increasing accessibility to dance for everyone. The company has a particular passion for taking dance performance and education to those who cannot attend a theatre – specifically those in care homes and prisons. For more information visit the company’s website at