The greatest love story ever told is coming to Wrexham thanks to a global collaboration with the Royal Ballet.
Their stunning production of Romeo and Juliet will be beamed live to the Odeon Cinema in Eagles Meadow Thursday 22 March.
The cinema is one of 600 venues worldwide that will be screening Shakespeare’s tale of tragic, star-crossed love at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.
The performance by the world famous ballet will be a first for Wrexham thanks to the installation of high-tech satellite equipment.
Odeon manager Andy Elvis said: “This really is massive for Wrexham and a huge opportunity for us. The screening of live events in cinemas is definitely something I am sure will grow.
“There is huge potential whether it’s live sport events such as F1 perhaps or rock concerts. The opportunities are endless.
“The equipment has all been installed and tested and I have to say the sound and picture quality is absolutely remarkable. It really is as if you are actually there.
“This is the opportunity to watch performances such as Romeo and Juliet direct from the Royal Opera House without the high cost of travelling to London and paying high ticket prices.”
The March 22 performance stars Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet while Principal performer Federico Bonelli will play Romeo.
Devon-born Principal Cutherbertson began dancing with the Royal ballet School in 1995 and gained second place in the Young British Dancer of the Year in 2000.
In 2001 she was silver medallist at the Adeline Genée Award before joining the Royal ballet as a performer in 2002 and was promoted to soloist in 2003 and Principal in 2008.
Italian Federico Bonelli has been a principal of the Royal Ballet since 2003 and dances lead roles in a number of ballets including Swan lake, The Sleeping Beauty and is also dancing with Lauren Cuthbertson as the Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Andy Elvis added: “It promises to be a stunning evening of entertainment and something new for North Wales and Wrexham in particular. The curtain goes up at 7.15pm prompt.
“There will be exclusive interviews screened before the performance and during the intervals as well as backstage footage to give a real insight into the staging of one of the world’s most popular ballets.”
Romeo and Juliet is the second of an initial four performance series of classic ballet and theatre productions to be beamed onto the screen at Wrexham’s Odeon.
For tickets costing £15 call the Odeon Eagles Meadow box office on 0871 224 4007 or visit www.odeon.co.uk