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Ballet in the park for free
Young dancers will be performing before the ballet is shown
A ballet performance in London is being transmitted live to an open-air audience in a Sheffield park.

The Royal Ballet are performing Manon on Monday 26 May at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Members of the public are invited to watch it for free on a 44 square metre screen in Norfolk Heritage Park.

This is the first time a live performance has been transmitted from Covent Garden in this way and forms part of an initiative to introduce ballet to a wider audience.

Before the performance begins at 1900 BST, around 85 young people from local dance schools will be performing on a stage in front of the big screen.

The transmission of Kenneth MacMillan's ballet is being organised in Sheffield by the city council, Manor and Castle Development Trust and the Friends of Norfolk Park.

It will also been shown simultaneously in Liverpool.

Jan Wilson, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: "We are delighted to host this unprecedented event which will enrich the lives of Sheffield schoolchildren and dancers for a long time to come."

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