News: First live ballet screening to cinemas

Monday 24 November 2008

On Sunday 28 December, the matinee performance of The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker will be beamed to selected cinemas around the UK. It will be the first time ever that ballet has been screened in live cinemas, although the Metropolitan Opera in New York has been screening operas in cinemas around the world in the last year – and the Royal Opera did their first live screening at the beginning of the current season.

Sir Peter Wright’s version of The Nutcracker has become a favourite fixture in The Royal Ballet’s repertoire, praised and appreciated by audiences and critics alike. The Times describes it as “a magical, sumptuous staging alive with fantasy and tingling with the tenderness of young romance. It may be childhood’s favourite ballet but as realised by Wright this is a Nutcracker to touch the adult heart.”

The screening will start at 12.10pm, with curtain up at 12.30pm before hand and during the interval. Tickets will be £20.

Over fifty cinemas around the country will be taking part.

Find details at,, and on the Royal Opera House website.

Other independent cinemas taking part include The Aldeburgh Cinema, Everyman, Hampstead, Screen on the Green, Islington and Tyneside, Newcastle.

For details of future screenings visit

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