Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ to be screened live in UK cinemas on 23 December 2018

As part of its 2018/19 cinema season, the Bolshoi Ballet will broadcast the timeless and quintessential Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, live from Moscow to cinemas across the UK on 23 December 2018.

The screening will mark Bolshoi Ballet’s first live broadcast of The Nutcracker since 2014.

It is Christmas Eve and the magician Drosselmeyer gives Marie a Nutcracker doll as a Christmas present. As night falls the Christmas tree begins to grow, mice appear and all is not as it seems. Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince taking them both on a wonderful adventure. The Nutcracker leads the toy soldiers into battle and with Marie’s help slays the Mouse King, breaking the curse. Marie recognises the prince as Drosselmeyer’s nephew. Together they journey to the Land of Sweets and are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. They regale their tale of the battle and there is a celebration.

Combining the timeless, traditional story along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score, Yuri Grigorovich’s choreography, the Bolshoi’s Principals, Soloists and the accomplished Bolshoi Corps de Ballet, The Nutcracker promises to be the perfect pre-Christmas treat for the whole family.

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