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This image: Alexander Campbell as The Nutcracker, Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker © ROH, 2013 Photographed by Tristram Kenton
Top Image: Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH Tristram Kenton, 2013. Image by AKA © ROH 2016

Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas in partnership with Trafalgar Releasing will exclusively screen The Royal Opera House THE NUTCRACKER  this December at nineteen cinemas across Australia as part of the Royal Opera House 2017/18 Live Cinema Season.

Featuring filmed performances from the world-renowned Royal Opera House in London, the program presents the very best opera and ballet from the iconic venue, captured in jaw-dropping detail for Australian audiences to enjoy as if they were there themselves.

Danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, the beautiful classical ballet will take audiences for a wonderful Christmas adventure alongside Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll.

 A firm family favourite with Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing score, a Christmas tree that magically grows, a battle between toy soldiers and an Army of Mice, and the famous role of the Sugar Plum Fairy danced by Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb with her Prince, Principal dancer Steven McRae, this event presented by Darcey Bussell is not to be missed.           Continue reading THE NUTCRACKER SCREENS THIS CHRISTMAS


Ballet lovers should take this opportunity to see this screening of the Royal Ballet’s production of Sir Peter Wright’s version of Tchaikovksy’s /Petipa’s THE NUTCRACKER. This Royal Ballet production was particularly special as it was part of Sir Peter Wright’s 90th birthday celebrations.

This is terrific family fare, a quite traditional and enchanting production with some technically AMAZING dancing, particularly in the second act.

Visually this production is stunning with opulent, lavish sets and costumes and features some wonderful special effects, including a Christmas tree that grows on stage. Continue reading THE ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ @ THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LONDON

The Royal Ballet: Manon

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in MANON. Pics by Alice Pennefather
Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in MANON. Pics by Alice Pennefather

I  have just been privileged to see a stunning, lavish and opulent production by the Royal Ballet of Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s masterpiece MANON. McMillan’s work was photographed with plenty of close ups so you feel as if you are almost on stage with the Company.

This is the 40th anniversary year for this ballet and quite a few companies around the world have included it in their 2014 subscription program, including the Australian Ballet earlier in the year.

MANON tells a cautionary tale of love, greed and corruption, a major three act work requiring a huge cast and the Royal Ballet,  the Company with which it was originally created, did itself proud. Continue reading The Royal Ballet: Manon



Three years in the making, this new, specially commissioned work by Christopher Wheeldon is a major landmark production. It is only the second new full length narrative ballet commissioned by the Royal Ballet in the past twenty years. Technically it dazzles and at times it is emotionally shattering.

One of Shakespeare’s difficult ‘problem plays’ with a very complicated plot, it has never been adapted for the ballet stage before. Wheeldon returns to the Royal Ballet’s history of full length narrative works , following in the footsteps of Macmillan and Ashton for example , in this splendid work ( not forgetting his own ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. )There are six main roles and lots for the corps de ballet ensemble to do – especially in Act2 in Bohemia as bucolic shepherd/esses in an enchanting pastoral setting.

Continue reading THE WINTER’S TALE