Show’s a Christmas cracker

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FEAST upon a cracker of a show in time for Christmas.

Empire Cinema Sunderland is bringing the Royal Opera House to your doorstep with a live screening of The Nutcracker.

Cinema-goers will be able to enjoy the classic Christmas ballet, starring Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae, when it is screened live from the famous opera house in Covent Garden.

Jon Nutton, marketing director for Empire Cinemas, said: “Here at Empire Cinemas we’re committed to offering our audiences a wide range of entertainment. The Nutcracker is a classic ballet and the perfect night out for the family this Christmas.”

The Nutcracker is the latest instalment in a long line of recent live screenings as the Sunniside-based cinema expands its offering beyond film releases. Other recent screenings have included: The Royal Opera House performances of Timon of Athens, Swan Lake, Rigoletto and The Royal Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardee and music screenings of Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane and Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ’8.

The Nutcracker will be screened at Empire Cinema Sunderland from 7.15pm on December 13. For information and to book tickets visit or call 08714 714 714.