Ballet Central presents Nutcracker on film online and in the theatre

This December families can watch Ballet Central’s special adaptation of the Christmas classic Nutcracker captured on film, with tickets available for theatrical screenings at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge or for online viewing through Central’s digital service.

Artistic Director Christopher Marney has adapted the famous Nutcracker ballet for Ballet Central and told the story through the 12 Days of Christmas.  Instead of the usual pre-Christmas performance schedule Ballet Central has captured this new magical version of Nutcracker performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score on film.  The 30 minute film has been created to allow for the restrictions and social distancing measures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which prevent live performances of dance where artists are typically in close contact.

Christopher Marney explains: “Following the success of the Centrally Connected digital programme that enabled Central’s dance students worldwide to continue their dance training while our studios in London were closed, we have created a special original Nutcracker performance in film for Christmas this year.  This allows audiences to see the artistry, skill, drama and colour of the timeless Nutcracker, either at home by watching online or in person at the ADC in Cambridge in secure surroundings.”

“Dancers live to perform,” continues Christopher, “so while we won’t experience the thrill of a live audience in Cambridge, we know that the story of Nutcracker will be seen while keeping both audiences and dancers safe.”

Ballet Central’s Nutcracker film will be shown at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, at nine screenings; 17, 18 and 19 December at 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 6.30pm each day.  Tickets are limited to allow for social distancing in the theatre and cost just £7, obtainable from the ADC Theatre Box Office.

Tickets for the online screening of the 30 minute film cost £5 and can be purchased here.  Once purchased, the film will be available for viewing from 4pm Sunday 20th December – 4pm Wednesday 6th January 2021.  Tickets allow seven days’ viewing once screening has commenced.