The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House
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Royal Opera House

Date
Thursday 28 December 2017 to Monday 01 January 2018
Location
Arena Cinemas in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Stara Zagora, Pleven and Smolyan

Watch on the big screen

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

The story

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.

After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Screenings in Bulgaria

  • 28 December from 19.00
  • 30 December from 18.00
  • 1 January from 16.00

Credits

Choreography Peter Wright
after Lev Ivanov
Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Original scenario Marius Petipa
Production and scenario Peter Wright
Designer Julia Trevelyan Oman
Lighting designer Mark Henderson
Production consultant Roland John Wiley

Performed byThe Royal Ballet

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