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Spanish Theatre Drops Bolshoi's Ballet Show Over Ukraine War

Spectators wait for the start of a performance at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Spectators wait for the start of a performance at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Photographer: Oscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

Madrid (AP) -- Spain’s Teatro Real, one of Europe’s major opera houses, said Friday it's canceling a set of upcoming performances by Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet over the war the country is waging on Ukraine.

The management of the Madrid-based opera house said the ballet's mid-May performances of Ludwig Minkus’ La Bayadere won’t go ahead “due to the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine, which is causing a serious global crisis and a painful humanitarian emergency.”