THE Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast live into cinemas across Essex and worldwide for one night only on Thursday 12 December. Ballet lovers in Essex can see this beautiful production in Chelmsford, Southend, Basildon, Colchester, Thurrock, Braintree and Clacton.
Glittering with Christmas sparkle, The Nutcracker is a firm family favourite and is classical ballet at its most approachable. It features a mesmerising score by Tchaikovsky, a Christmas tree that magically seems to grow, a fierce battle between the toy soldiers and the army of Mice led by the Mouse King, and the famous dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy danced by Royal Ballet Principal dancer Laura Morera, with Federico Bonelli as the Prince.
Last year’s The Nutcracker live in cinemas was number two in the UK Box Office that night, beating Skyfall. This year’s live relay which is presented by Former Royal Ballet Principal
Darcey Bussell will be relayed to even more sites across the world, with over 1400 sites sharing in this wonderful live, festive experience. The full Company of The Royal Ballet fills the stage with colour and energy while the set designs, beautiful costumes and impressive staging creates a magical atmosphere. Peter Wright’s production was first seen at Covent Garden in 1984 and is ready to reveal its magic to another generation.
Tchaikovsky’s intoxicating score, performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House contains a wealth of famous melodies, recognizable to ballet newcomers and aficionados alike. Visually enchanting designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman hark back to a traditional 19th Century Christmas; experience the quintessential British Christmas on the silver screen in this one-off festive treat.