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The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker to be relayed live to cinemas on 8 December 2016

Alexander Campbell as Hans Peter and Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013 Peter Wright’s production of the quintessential Christmas ballet The Nutcracker will be relayed live to cinemas around the world at 7.15pm GMT on 8 December 2016. Download your Nutcracker Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREENUT and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production. The cinema relay will be presented by former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell and broadcaster Ore Oduba . The story On Christmas Eve, a young girl called Clara creeps downstairs to play with her favourite present – a nutcracker. But a 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 an amazing display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – until she bumps into a handsome young man that looks just like her Nutcracker soldier... Read: Our Essentials guide to The Nutcracker The production The Nutcracker is based on a fairy tale by E.T.A Hoffmann . The story was first brought to the stage in 1892, when the director of the Russian Imperial Theatre commissioned Tchaikovsky to create the now iconic score. Lev Ivanov provided the original choreography. Peter Wright's staging of The Nutcracker was first performed by The Royal Ballet more than 30 years ago and includes a magical Christmas tree which appears to grow during the iconic transformation scene. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs draw upon 19th-century images of Christmas, which deliver sparkle and charm in abundance for the festive season. Read: Painting with music – How Tchaikovsky used the orchestra to create unrivalled ballet scores The choreography During Clara’s visit to the Kingdom of Sweets she is accompanied by some of the best-known melodies in ballet, including the flurrying sounds of the Waltz of the Snowflakes and the dream-like Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Waltz of the Snowflakes is one of the best-loved moments in Lev Ivanov ’s original production of The Nutcracker. Peter Wright incorporated the original choreography in his 1984 production. With the help of Professor Roland John Wiley , he reconstructed the floor patterns danced by Ivanov’s female corps de ballet, forming his own version of this glittering snowstorm. Read: Why The Waltz of The Snowflakes is our highlight from The Nutcracker The cast Francesca Hayward dances the role of Clara for the live cinema broadcast, with Alexander Campbell performing as the Nutcracker/Hans-Peter. Principals of The Royal Ballet Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli will dance the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and The Prince. Review Read audience reactions to this Season's opening night and add your own review. After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHnutcracker . The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 8 December 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list . The production is supported by Van Cleef & Arpels and is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund .

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