1st Mar, 2021

Live streaming as BRB takes The Nutcracker online

Ross Crawford 16th Feb, 2021

THERE’S another chance to see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ravishing production of The Nutcracker in a special online performance streaming until February 21.

Performed at the Birmingham REP, tickets cost just £10 per household from brb.org.uk for the opportunity to see a performance by world class dancers and hear the most beautiful ballet music ever in this postponed Christmas treat.

The event comes as both the BRB and REP announce they have managed to raise more than £15,000 in donations thanks to the generosity of audiences and the support of match-funders, global law firm DLA Piper in Birmingham.

The fundraising initiative aimed to help cover the lost income from some of the seats left empty during the run of The Nutcracker at The REP after performances in front of socially-distanced live audiences were cancelled due to local tier restrictions.

All proceeds will be split equally between The REP and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Trevor Ivory, Birmingham managing partner at DLA Piper said; “Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Birmingham Royal Ballet are two of the city’s cultural crown jewels and we are extremely proud to have supported their Save A Seat campaign during a particularly difficult time for the arts.

“We encourage everyone to maintain their support for these ever-important institutions when possible and look forward to a time in the not-too-distant future when the curtain can rise once again.”

Sean Foley, artistic director at The REP added; “2020 proved to be an unprecedented and extremely difficult year for theatres across the country, including here at The REP.

“However, we have been overwhelmed by the incredible support of audiences and partners – including the fantastic response from supporters to our Save A Seat campaign and the generous match-funding from DLA Piper LLP.”

Carlos Acosta, director at Birmingham Royal Ballet added: “Birmingham Royal Ballet are so grateful for the incredible support from The Nutcracker at the REP audiences and to DLA Piper LLP for match funding the Save a Seat campaign.

“2020 was a difficult year for Birmingham Royal Ballet and the arts industry, but the unwavering support from audiences has been a constant source of encouragement for the Company and we cannot wait to return to the stage as soon as we can!”

To buy tickets at just £10 per household visit brb.org.uk. Tickets are valid for three days with the final streaming on February 24.

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