Royal Ballet performances start in Norwich next week

A modern ballet classic will get the summer's events on the Chapelfield Plain big screen going next week.

On Wednesday, June 1, the story of Manon, performed by The Royal Ballet and screened live from the Royal Opera House in London, starts at 7.30pm and runs for two hours and 40 minutes.

A limited amount of seating will be available for the free screening, with people welcome to bring their own chairs.

Set in 18th century Paris the story follows Manon Lescaut and her fickleness in choosing between true love and a life of comfort and wealth and features a score conducted by Martin Yates.

The screening is part of a live event partnership between Norwich City Council, Chapelfield, the BBC and London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

The screening will then be followed later in the summer by Madama Butterfly on Monday, July 4, and Cinderella on Wednesday, July 13, also on the Chapelfield big screen.

Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, said of the screenings: 'These screenings are a wonderful opportunity for people to get outdoors and experience world-class performances in the open air – and it's all for free.

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'With the support of BP we're providing the opportunity for people to enjoy opera and ballet in a range of fantastic venues across the UK, creating unforgettable experiences.

'Even if you've never watched an opera or ballet before, why not invite family and friends along and give it a chance.'

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