Dance company New Adventures has announced that Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed production of Nutcracker! is to get a cinema release to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The film will hit 225 cinemas across the UK and internationally on Tuesday 15 November and Sunday 20 November 2022.
The production was filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London in January 2022, and is directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon. It stars Cordelia Braithwaite as ‘Clara’, Harrison Dowzell as ‘Nutcracker’, Ashley Shaw as ‘Sugar’ and Dominic North as ‘Fritz’.
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from Christmas Eve at Dr Dross’s Orphanage, through a shimmering winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
Influenced by lavish 1930s Hollywood musicals, Nutcracker! features Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, plus Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s sumptuous sets and costumes.
Artistic Director Sir Matthew Bourne OBE said: “I’m always delighted when our work is able to reach new audiences around the UK and internationally and there is no better or more exciting way than through the Big Screen experience. I’m well aware that there is an enormous audience who find it impossible, for one reason or another, to get to one of our touring venues to see a live performance. So, we aim, as much as possible, to capture that “live” experience in our films, brilliantly directed by Ross MacGibbon. There is no better production than our Nutcracker! to create that feeling of elation and wonder and it’s captured equally well on the screen where, like the show itself, every night is a party.”
The film is released by Trafalgar Releasing.