THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET to be broadcast in over 200 cinemas around the UK

The Australian Ballet

CinemaLive, one of the market leaders in Event Cinema, will be working in a partnership with THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET to deliver a series of their ballet productions to cinema audiences for the very first time. The Fairy Tale Series, comprising three productions, will be screened in cinemas across the UK on three nights only: The Sleeping Beauty on 4th October 2016, Cinderella on 23rd November 2016 and Coppélia on 19th April 2017.

The cinema screenings of The Fairy Tale Series allow these world-class productions to be seen by an international audience for the first time and the cinema environment provides a comfortable, accessible and affordable medium for all.

Screened in October 2016 will be the world premiere cinema release of Artistic Director David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty. This is an exquisite, classical retelling of a favourite fairy tale based on Marius Petipa’s ballet. The live production of The Sleeping Beauty was the crowning moment of The Australian Ballet’s season last year and sold out prior to its premiere. This landmark production has been described as the world’s most extravagant ballet, featuring imaginative and lavish sets and costumes by world-renowned designer Gabriela Tylesova. The sumptuous sets evoke the splendour of the Imperial court and the magic of elves, nymphs and fairies.

With such attention to detail – resplendent, unapologetic, and coupled with McAllister’s resounding belief in a happy ending – only the most cynical of hearts could fail to be captured by this Sleeping Beauty’s spell. (The Guardian).

Next in The Fairy Tale series is the award-winning production of Cinderella, which will play a limited exclusive London season at the Coliseum this July, before its world premiere to cinema audiences in late 2016. The critically acclaimed production was created by Alexei Ratmansky, one of the world’s most sought after choreographers, with extraordinary designs by Jerome Kaplan.

The third and final production in this series is Coppélia – a sparkling tale of magic and mischief, it has been lovingly revived by founding Artistic Director Peggy van Praagh and Theatre Director George Ogilvie and exquisitely dressed by Master Designer Kristian Fredrikson. It will have its world premiere in cinemas in April 2017.

David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet says, It’s exciting to take our company and performances from the stage to the big screen and to reach audiences we may not have otherwise reached. This is an incredible opportunity to showcase Australia’s national ballet company.

CinemaLive has quickly become one of the fastest growing companies in its field since establishing in late 2008. Headquartered in London with an office in Sydney, its diverse product slate includes The Old Vic’s The Crucible starring Richard Armitage, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour productions and André Rieu’s annual Maastricht Concert, which in 2015 broke box office records in the UK and Australia to become the Highest Grossing Music Concert ever to screen in cinemas in those markets (Source Rentrak).

The Fairy Tale Series will be screened at approximately 200 cinemas across the UK and a further 200 cinemas worldwide.
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The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet is one of the world’s premier ballet companies and has delivered extraordinary performances for over 50 years. A commitment to artistic excellence, a spirited style and a willingness to take risks have defined the company from its earliest days, both onstage and off. The company regularly represents Australia on the world stage and has performed to critical acclaim in 87 cities worldwide, including New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Paris. Caring for tradition yet daring to be different, The Australian Ballet performs beloved classical ballets and commissions new work annually. The Australian Ballet presents upwards of 250 shows and 1,700 education and audience engagement events each year. For more information, see

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