25 May 2012 at 3.23pm | Comment on this article
As the curtain came down on the recent performance of La Fille mal gardée on the Royal Opera House main stage, it was also the finale of the 2011/12 cinema season. This has been the most successful cinema season yet for both The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera.
Audiences in 22 countries around the world, at over 700 cinemas, experienced performances from the Royal Opera House including a heart-wrenching Romeo and Juliet, ambitious and diverse Il Trittico and classic family favourite The Sleeping Beauty. As well as increasing the number of venues, 2011/12 was the first season that we've screened audience members' tweets about the evenings' events, attracting responses from as far afield as Buenos Aires, California and Australia.This is something we're looking to continue next season and you can see tweet roundups for cinema screenings of Romeo and Juliet, Rigoletto and La Fille mal gardée.
According to The Independent on Sunday La Fille mal gardée broke into the UK top 10 grossing films of all genres for the week of screening. We'd like to thank audiences that attended performances throughout the Season for making this, and all other events such a success.
After the summer break, our cinema relays will be returning with relays of nine productions, starting with The Royal Ballet's iconic Swan Lake on 23 October. The rest of the season offers the chance to catch established favourites such as The Nutcracker, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and La bohème as well as in demand new productions such as David McVicar's production of Les Troyens and Kasper Holten's directorial debut for The Royal Opera, Eugene Onegin.
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