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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 May, 2003, 07:41 GMT 08:41 UK
Ballet beamed to big screen
Liverpool's Pier Head
Other similar link-ups are planned in Liverpool
A Royal Ballet performance in London has been beamed live to an audience at Liverpool's Pier Head.

The free event - the first of its kind in the city - was broadcast using a specialist sound system on a 7m by 5m screen.

The production of Manon was performed at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden on Monday evening.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Community Choir performed at Pier Head before the live link-up at 1845 BST.

Liverpool Soprano Rachael Russell also performed during the second interval of the ballet.

Tony Hall, Executive Director of the Royal Opera House, said: "As a Liverpudlian myself, I am delighted that such close links have been formed between Liverpool and the Royal Opera House."

Royal Opera House, London
Manon will be beamed live from the Royal Opera House

Kenneth MacMillan's Manon has been one of the Royal Ballet's signature works since its creation in 1974.

It is based on Abbe Prevost's L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, and follows the fall of the central character, Manon, from Parisian courtesan to a fugitive.

Throughout the summer, other opera and ballet performances will be relayed live to Liverpool and four other UK cities.

Pier Head, the venue for the Royal Opera House event, is the UK's sole nomination in 2003 for World Heritage Status.

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