|Competition: Win Tickets to See New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker|
|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Monday, 05 December 2011 12:52|
It's day five of our Advent Calendar and we have a special seasonal competition: a chance to win tickets to see the New York City Ballet perform The Nutcracker.
No, we're not flying you to New York (I can barely afford the bus fare to get out of Essex). But do you remember last week, when I was going on about how digital projection opens up exciting new possibilities for cinema? Well, the New York City Ballet obviously agree, because their production of The Nutcracker is being recorded live from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and beamed via magical satellitey things (called satellites) to your local cinema on Thursday 22nd December (with some extra screenings running to Tuesday 27th December).
In total, this version of Tchaikovsky's legendary ballet is being broadcast to 38 cinemas around the UK (including London's Westfield). It features 70 ballet dancers, 62 orchestra players, 50 children and a giant 40-foot Christmas tree. The cheapest seats in America, for Fourth Ring A (hee hee, it sounds naughty), cost $89 a pop. And we're giving away a pair of tickets to any UK screening of your choice for free.
In short, you have LITERALLY NO EXCUSE not to go.
All you have to do to win two tickets to see The Nutcracker is answer the following question...
The Nutcracker is about...
A. A ballet dancer who turns into a swan.
B. A young girl and her toy, The Nutcracker, which comes to life, has a fight with the evil Mouse King and then whisks her away to a magical land of living dolls.
C. Two crew members of the USS Enterprise, who wake up to find themselves looking like this:
The closing date for all entries is midday on Thursday 15th December. The winner will be drawn at random - the saying "everyone's a winner" does not apply.
For the full list of UK cinemas showing The Nutcracker (plus dates and times), head this way.