The Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas ballet

The New York City Ballet along with the Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts and Omniverse Vision have announced a worldwide exclusive signing regarding the theatrical distribution of the much loved George Balachine produced The Nutcracker for this festive season.

Described by the New York Times as the quintessential Christmas ballet that is original, unique and inimitable, the New York City Ballets production of The Nutcracker is the perfect Christmas movie for a family trip to the cinema. Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score, dazzling costumes, a tree weighing a tonne that magically continues to grow and George Balachine at the helm in one heady mix of pure delight and entertainment.

There are more that 70 dancers from the New York City ballet taking part, as well as the 62 piece NYCB orchestra and a further 50 children from the official NYBC school, the School of American Ballet.

“We are proud to be working with Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet on this landmark production, and also with our US partners, Fathom Events, off the back of the phenomenal success of the Phantom of the Opera 25th” said Grant Calton, Omniverse Vision Director.

Katherine E. Brown, NYCB’s executive director, said “we are thrilled to bring this beloved holiday production to what we hope will be the first of many opportunities to present New York City Ballet’s extraordinary repertory in movie theaters throughout the world.”

Added Elizabeth Scott, Lincoln Center’s Chief Media and Digital Officer, “Lincoln Center pioneered the use of broadcast media to bring the magic of live performance into households throughout the US. We’re pleased to take this next step and give movie goers across the globe access to this classic performance, emblematic of the superb offerings on our renowned stages.”

The Nutcracker will be captured in high definition on 13th December by the award-winning Lincoln Center team that brings live performances to millions of American television viewers every year. Omniverse Vision will transfer the show via fibre optic cable across the Atlantic for onward transmission to cinemas around the globe over the Christmas season.

Tickets for your local cinema can be purchased here.