Bolshoi's Nutcracker. Anna Nikulina and Denis Rodkin

As part of the 2017/18 Bolshoi Ballet in cinema season the company presents the quintessential Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. A festive tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic on 3 December 2017.

It is Christmas Eve and the magician Drosselmeyer gives Marie a Nutcracker doll as a Christmas present. The doll is actually a prince who has been cursed and turned into a Nutcracker. As night falls the Christmas tree begins to grow, mice appear and all is not as it seems. 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.

This traditional story along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score, Yuri Grigorovich’s choreography features some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists including Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina  (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev  (Drosselmeyer),  Vitaly Biktimirov  (the Mouse King).  With the accomplished Bolshoi Corps de Ballet, this production of The Nutcracker promises to be the perfect pre-Christmas treat.

The Bolshoi Ballet in cinema season showcases some of ballet’s greatest classical works performed by the world’s finest dancers and restaged by today’s most celebrated choreographers to create a unique cinematic experience. Three historical ballets recreated by Alexei Ratmansky (Le CorsaireRomeo and Juliet and The Flames of Paris) will be shown on the big screen along with John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias and Jean-Christophe Maillot’s riveting The Taming of the Shrew. Three timeless classics and audience-favourites will complete the season: GiselleThe Nutcracker and Coppélia.

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