PREVIEW: Russian ballet classics at Eastbourne

Besi Besemar November 14, 2014

Russian ballet classics Giselle and The Nutcracker come to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre with magical performances on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6.


PERFORMED BY the acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House and accompanied by a 30-piece live orchestra, these shows are a perfect treat for all the family to enjoy during the festive season.

Giselle is considered one of the greatest of all the romantic ballets and one of the most sought-after roles in ballet, as it demands technical perfection, outstanding grace and lyricism, as well as great dramatic skill.

It tells of the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart when she finds out the man she loves is engaged to someone else. Can her love save the remorseful Albrecht from his certain fate?


An eternal seasonal favourite, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara whose godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. When the doll turns into a Prince, the magic begins and Clara is swept away on an unforgettable adventure. As spell-blinding today as it was when it was performed 120 years ago, this is an ideal introduction to the magic that is classical ballet.

Tchaikovsky’s instantly recognisable soundtrack featuring compositions such as the Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy make this one of the most highly accessible and popular ballets.


Event: Giselle

Where: Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

When: Friday, December 5

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £24, £29, £31, £33, concessions and children’s prices available!


Event: The Nutcracker

Where: Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

When: Saturday, December 6

Time: 2,39pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £24, £29, £31, £33, concessions and children’s prices available!

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