Ballet offers up new year treats

The Moscow City Ballet, who will be performing Romeo and Juliet on January 3/4 and The Nutcracker from January 5-8 at Chichester Festival Theatre.
The Moscow City Ballet, who will be performing Romeo and Juliet on January 3/4 and The Nutcracker from January 5-8 at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Youngsters queue at the Kings to audition for a previous production, Cinderella

Panto auditions for young dancers to be held at Kings Theatre

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The immortal tale of two star-crossed lovers fighting to be together, or the little girl who goes with a Prince to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Both of these recognisable stories will be performed by the Moscow City Ballet next week, as it returns in 2012 to perform at Chichester Festival Theatre.

On January 3/4 the group will perform the Shakespearean play of Romeo and Juliet, while from January 5-8 the classic festive tale of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky will take to the stage.

Romeo and Juliet follows two lovers from apposing families, the Montagues and the Capulets, whose death ultimately units them of years of fighting, while The Nutcracker features a little girl whose nutcracker doll comes to life at Christmas, and shows her fights between gingerbread men and mice, and the Land of Sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Moscow City Ballet was founded in 1988 by Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov. Since then, Moscow City Ballet has appeared in Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, Holland, Hong-Kong, Russia.

The company’s greatest success has been in the United Kingdom where it has given more than 800 performances since 1991, accompanied by the National Ballet Orchestra.

Tickets cost £10 to £33 from Chichester Festival Theatre on (01243) 781312 or go to cft.org.uk.