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THE NUTCRACKER – A real Christmas Cracker for ballet fans Sunday 21 December 3pm, The Drill Hall, Chepstow
Chepstow Museum is running a programme of broadcast screenings of the Bolshoi Ballet at the Drill Hall with the aim of showing ballets at a time, and day, when they can be enjoyed by enthusiastic young ballet fans and provide that matinee opportunity when adults and young people can come to the ballet together. It brings the chance to see world class professional ballet up close, on a big screen and best of all, on the doorstep, and at an affordable price!
The programme of ballets being broadcast by satellite from the Bolshoi will start with that classic magical Christmas treat – The Nutcracker, which will be screened live on Sunday 21st December at 3pm
Chepstow Museum is also running this programme to raise funds for the museum, and we are delighted that Kingstone Brewery has supported our first event, by donating some of their Special Christmas brew which this year is ‘Nutcracker’ Imperial Stout, and the Museum is running a raffle with cases of beer as prizes along with a pair of tickets for the live broadcast screening. Raffle tickets are on sale from the Museum and at some of the Drill Hall events over the next 10 days, and will be drawn on 18 December.
Based on Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.
This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers. It will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.
Tickets are £12 adult, £10 concessions, and are available from Chepstow Museum (tel 01291 625981)
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