Opens Thursday, December 20 | 2 hrs
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE THE NUTCRACKER
Opens Thursday, December 20
Peter Wrights interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanovs 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovskys sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Omans designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wrights choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballets original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
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Feature length BBC Arena documentary on the Dames of British Theatre and film featuring Maggie Smith, Elieen Atkins, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright on screen together for the first time as they reminisce over a long summer weekend in a house Joan once shared with Sir Laurence Olivier.
Opens Friday | 2 hrs 14 min | Rated R
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AT ETERNITY'S GATE
Opens Friday | 1 hr 50 min | Rated PG-13
Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.