“The Royal Opera House Ballet Series” In U.S. Cinemas Features Timeless Performances From Great Britain’s Royal Ballet

  “The Royal Opera House Ballet Series” In U.S. Cinemas Features Timeless
  Performances From Great Britain’s Royal Ballet

  NCM Fathom Events, Arts Alliance Media, Mr Wolf and the Royal Opera House
Present a Series of World-Class Ballet with “Don Quixote,” “Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland” and “The Nutcracker” in Select U.S. Movie Theaters Beginning in
                                   October

Business Wire

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- September 23, 2013

NCM Fathom Events, Arts Alliance Media and Mr Wolf are bringing Great
Britain’s world-renowned Royal Ballet to select U.S. movie theaters nationwide
with “The Royal Opera House Ballet Series.” Led by director  Kevin O’Hare, 
this new series of popular storybook and classic ballets brings a new
production of special one-night performances to the big screen once per month
beginning with “Don Quixote” on Wednesday, Oct. 16. “Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland” will  follow on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with “The Nutcracker” concluding
the 2013 series  on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Based at the Royal Opera House in
London’s Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet is one of the top five ballet
companies in the world and features a wide-ranging repertory showcasing the
great classical ballets as well as the new works choreographed by Sir
Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and other notable choreographers.

Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at
www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices,
visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to
change). The event will be broadcast to nearly 500 select movie theaters
across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

“Don Quixote” - Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. local time
The adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire
Sancho Panza have been the inspiration for countless ballets and one of the
most well-loved version is by 19th-century Russian choreographer Marius
Petipa. Carlos Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, and
now brings his unique and vibrant vision to the story, drawing on Petipa and
with music by Ludwig Minkus, full of Spanish flair and atmosphere. “Don
Quixote,” with its famously bravura Act III pas de deux and its infectious
joie de vivre, makes for a wonderfully entertaining evening.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” –  Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. local time
Pre-recorded earlier this year in April and featuring U.S. dancer Sarah Lamb,
Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters down the rabbit hole
including the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious
rendition of the famous Rose Adagio from“The Sleeping Beauty;” to dancing
playing cards; a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. There is a
love narrative for Alice and the Knave of Hearts, and they dance a tenderpas
de deuxat the close of Act II. But the ballet does not avoid the darker
undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily
disembodied Cheshire Cat and an unhinged tea party are all created in vivid
detail.

“The Nutcracker” – Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m. local time
A  young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this
classic ballet, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's glittering score. From the very
first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to “The Nutcracker,” a sense of mystery
and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in motion the events
that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of
the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara. “The Nutcracker”  unfolds over
two glorious acts. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent
Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

“This exciting new series brings all the splendor of London’s Royal Opera
House to the local cinema,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of
NCM Fathom Events. “With ‘The Royal Opera House Ballet Series,’ ballet fans
will experience the best of The Royal Ballet’s brilliant choreography and
vivid set design without ever having to travel abroad.”

For more information about Royal Opera House and the ballet series, please
visit www.roh.org.uk and www.cinema.roh.org.uk.

About National CineMedia (NCM)

National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated
media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through
mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema
advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network,
comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional
theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated
Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately 19,600 screens
(approximately 18,800 digital). During 2012, over 710 million patrons attended
movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema
advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast
network (“DBN”) is comprised of approximately 750 locations in 173 Designated
Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network
offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with
cinema, encompassing 37 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and
mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 47.0%
interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more
information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com. (NCMI-E)

About Arts Alliance Media

Arts Alliance Media, based in London with offices in Paris, Amsterdam,
Barcelona, Oslo, Milan and Berlin, is the worldwide leader in digital cinema,
offering a complete range of services, as well as VPF financing solutions for
digital conversion.

These services include installation, maintenance and support for digital
cinema systems; world-class software solutions; management and delivery of
content to cinemas; and alternative content and live events. AAM has European
Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreements in place with all six Hollywood studios and
has signed over 3,850VPF screens in multiple territories, including with many
leading exhibitors. The company recently activated its Latin American VPF
programme with a raft of exhibitor signings in the past weeks. AAM's digital
cinema software currently touches approximately 15,000 screens worldwide.

The London-based Network Operations Centre supports over 5,500 digital screens
around the world, and the company’s digital cinema lab has mastered over 2500
titles to date, and shipped hundreds of thousands of DCPs. AAM’s strategic
partnership with Arqiva allows exhibitors to benefit from satellite delivery
of content to cinemas. Arts Alliance Media was founded in 2003 by Thomas
Høegh.

About Mr Wolf

Founded in 2012 by Alfred Chubb with Arts Alliance Ventures, Mr Wolf produces
and finances live events and music based feature films for worldwide
distribution on all formats. Visit http://www.mrwolf.com/

About The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House continues to lead the way in opera, ballet, music and
dance in cinema both 2D and 3D and the many platforms available including
digital downloads, CD, DVD and BLU-ray all distributed through Opus Arte and
the new partnership with Digital Theatre, which allows ROH productions to be
accessed on all of Digital Theatre’s platforms including its apps for the
iPhone, iPad and Samsung Smart TV as well as being available for streaming
from the internet. Each year the number of cinema sites in the UK alone that
carry Royal Opera House screenings is steadily increasing with more than 350
sites in the UK taking the entire Royal Opera House Cinema Season and over
1000 sites worldwide.

For artwork/photos related to “The Royal Ballet,” click here.

Contact:

NCM Fathom Events
Michelle Portillo, 303-792-8651
michelle.portillo@ncm.com
or
MPRM for Arts Alliance
Samuel Threadgill, 323-933-3399
SThreadgill@MPRM.com
 
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