Sitting pretty as ballet is screened live
BALLET lovers in Bristol were treated to a free open-air screening direct from the Royal Opera House in London last night.
About 100 people watched the live performance of Manon on the big screen in Millennium Square, including one family who had travelled from Cambridge.
Nicola Hill told the Evening Post she saw the event advertised online and asked her daughter Lucy, 25, who lives in Old Market, if she and her husband could come and stay in the city specifically to see the performance.
"It is an absolutely wonderful idea," said Nicola, who had brought along a picnic.
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"I've always wanted to see a live screening of a ballet."
The square was filled with deck chairs, Astroturf, ice creams and summer-inspired food to create a fun atmosphere.
Adam Richards, 32, from Montpelier, and Sarah Darch, 31, from Horfield, used the screening as a venue for a first date.
"I think it's a great idea – it's kind of bringing ballet to the masses," said Adam.
"It's nice to see something different and the live entertainment has also been brilliant."
Before the screening began colourful live performances entertained the crowd including theatrical walkabout artists, live bands and roving musical entertainment.