Classical ballet shown on the big screen

The New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker with Clara Ruf-Maldonado as Marie and Austin Bachman as The Nutcracker Prince CREDIT: Paul Kolnik
The New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker with Clara Ruf-Maldonado as Marie and Austin Bachman as The Nutcracker Prince CREDIT: Paul Kolnik
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Cinemas may be associated with blockbuster movies, but Vue Portsmouth is offering something a little different this Christmas.

The cinema will screen The New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on December 22 and 27 at 2pm, recorded live from the Lincoln Centre, New York.

It tells the tale of Clara, a little girl who is given a nutcracker in the shape of a man as a present on Christmas Eve. When her brothers break the nutcracker Clara is distraught and places the toy in her dolls’ house. Later that night Clara sneaks downstairs to check on the nutcracker, which at the stroke of midnight, is transformed into a real life prince. The two then set off on adventures, venturing to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The ballet also features more than 120 dancers and a 40-foot Christmas tree.

Mark De Quervain, sales and marketing director of Vue Entertainment, says: ‘The Nutcracker is a Christmas must-see. It’s a magical tale that is really easy to follow and will put anyone in the festive mood.

‘The creative sets and enchanting soundtrack are showcased at their best, giving cinema goers young and old a fantastic experience of the story.’

Tickets cost £10.00 and can be booked at www.myvue.com/vueclassical.