Scottish Ballet announces ‘The Secret Theater’ Christmas film in the winter program


The theaters may be new, but the show’s going to continue….

That’s the pledge made by Scottish Ballet in its winter program announcement. In order to keep people moving and inspired this winter, it presents the company’s first full-length feature film as well as online courses, tools, lectures and workshops.

With the world premiere of The Secret Theatre, Scottish Ballet brings the magic of the holiday season straight to your door. It’s about a young boy who stumbles into an empty theatre where rows of velvet seats, draped curtains and chandeliers seem to be lonely awaiting the return of the audience.

In a dazzling full-length movie that treats the viewers to an extraordinary display packed with acrobats, snowflakes, clowns, princes and – of course – ballerinas, the worlds of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy collide.

The new film promises to be an exciting adventure for the entire family, set to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

‘The Secret Theater’ Scottish Ballet – credit to Mihaela Bodlovic

“Christopher Hampson, CEO and Artistic Director and Choreographer, said, “I am delighted that with the world premiere of ‘The Secret Theatre’ this winter, we will be able to give our fans a taste of Christmas.

It’s a new project for the company and I’m excited that by producing and showcasing the first feature film of the Scottish Ballet, we have taken our digital work further, incorporating the lively characters, costumes, music and sets of our festive classics to create a new tale to enjoy at home.

“My hope for The Secret Theatre is to entertain and inspire audiences to celebrate both the magic of theater and the importance of cultural access to our communities. Having had the opportunity to collaborate with people from all art forms on this film, we shine a light on the creative industries with the message that the show must go on.”

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Lez Brotherston, co-creative director and designer, said, “Christopher and I have been working together to create our own versions of stories for some time.”

We were given a great opportunity to collaborate again this Christmas and create a feature film. In so doing, to create a new story, we pulled together the costumes, sets and props from our recent work on The Snow Queen and The Nutcracker.

“For me, The Secret Theatre is a backstage adventure and a story that shares our wonder and love of making theater. I hope audiences will enjoy this journey through our imagination this winter.”

The film, which will premiere at 6 p.m. online, A series of talks and seminars adapted to the Scottish Ballet tours and conducted in collaboration with the venues will be followed on Monday, Dec. 21.

This is followed by the world premiere of The Swan, a short film that premieres online on Thursday, Nov. 19. The film is based on the glamorous and fashionable stage production of the Scottish Ballet, “Swan Lake,” and was filmed through the lens of Eve McConnachie, director and editor.

The Swan”The Swan”

The film features the choreography of David Dawson from the first six minutes of Act IV, positioning the powerful, elegant Odette at the center of a lake of light, surrounded by the female cast’s arching backs, spiraling arms and mesmerizing formations.

Scottish Ballet also announced that a brand new adult and children’s classes program would introduce ballet directly to the homes of people; it will enable members of the Scottish Ballet to learn and refine their technique through Zoom and will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 23.

In addition to the famous Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland classes run in conjunction with Dance Foundation, Scottish Ballet’s health team is also launching a new six-week block of online Elevate¬© and Time to Dance with Zoom classes for people with MS and dementia starting Monday, Nov. 9.

In the meantime, the Health at Hand breathing and activity resource collection, tailored for NHS workers and key staff to help relieve some of the physical and mental effects of long hours of work, is now accessible online for all to


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