Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi Ballet is one of the world's oldest ballet companies, as well as one of the most renowned. With over two hundred dancers, the very word 'bolshoi' means big or grand. The company is based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, which means that unless you live in Russia or they go on tour, it was once the case that you would not be able to see them.
However, by the wonder of modern technology, Picture House Entertainment has made it possible. The Bolshoi Ballet's next four productions are going to be shown in theatres throughout London. Each has a running time of approximately three and a half hours, so are divided into three acts.
On the 22nd December, you can see the recording of Sleeping Beauty. The tale of the sleeping princess and her prince is the most successful ballet ever to be shown in cinemas.
The next three events will be live performances streamed from the Bolshoi Theatre in real time. Jewels is inspired by the famous New York jewellers on Fifth Avenue, and will be screened on the 19th January. Lost Illusions is based on the novel by French writer, Honoré de Balzac , and about an impoverished poet trying to make a name for himself in Paris. It can be seen on the 2nd February. Finally on the 30th March, The Golden Age is an original show set in 1920s Europe, and full of satire, parody, cabaret, and jazz.
Ticket prices vary depending on which venue you go to, but you can expect to pay between £10-£20.