Date: Tuesday, December 17
Time: 7:00 PM local time
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes (approximate) (includes one – 20 minute intermission)
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Special Fathom Features: Behind the scenes look at the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet and exclusive cast interviews.
NCM Fathom Events, Arts Alliance Media and The Royal Opera House invite you to experience the iconic holiday tale when it returns to the big screen in a special one night event. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker comes to select cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00pm (local time).
From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to The Nutcracker, a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in train the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara.
The Nutcracker unfolds over two glorious acts. For Act I it is Christmas Eve and we are brought to a party at which Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll – beginning a night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers at which the Nutcracker defeats the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice, and a headlong pas de deux in which Clara and Hans Peter meet and celebrate their triumph before being enveloped in a magical snowstorm.
Act II whisks the young pair off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy with her handsome Prince and her glittering court in a series of dazzling dances. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of the holidays for audiences of all ages.
Photograph: Elizabeth Harrod as Clara (©ROH 2009/Johann Persson) Artwork by AKA