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2015.11.11 THEATER Ticket

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THE NUTCRACKER

Universal Art Center

Dec. 18 to 30: Celebrate the winter holiday season with a classic performance of “The Nutcracker.” The well-loved masterpiece premiered in Korea in 1986, and this particular production is being staged by the Universal Ballet.

Based on the children’s story by E. T. A. Hoffmann and a music score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the two-act ballet tells the story of a girl, Clara, and her peculiar Christmas gift, the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker comes to life as a Prince in the midst of an attack by the Mouse King.

Together, Clara and the Prince visit the Land of Sweets, where they encounter figures like the Sugar Plum Fairy.

There are no shows on Mondays.

The show starts at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4.


NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

Blue Square Samsung Electronics Hall

To Sunday: The French tour of “Notre Dame de Paris” will hold an encore show commemorating the 10th anniversary since its first performance in Korea.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo that shook Paris with its story of tragic love, greed and madness, “Notre Dame de Paris” depicts the complications that arise between the hunchback Quasimoto, the avaricious bishop Clopin, the alluring gypsy Esmeralda and the royal admiral Phoebus. For this special encore show, director Gilles Maheu and composer Riccardo Cocciante will return and lead an eclectic French-Canadian cast.

There are no shows on Mondays. The show begins at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.



KOREAN NATIONAL BALLET SPECIAL GALA

National Museum of Korea, Theater Yong

Nov. 21: This season’s special gala by the Korean National Ballet will be led by its artistic director Kang Sue-jin, who has covered an array of works since her inauguration in 2014.

Under Kang’s guidance, the company has prepared a full-scale performance that complements the vast dimensions and grandeur of the venue, Theater Yong, which is commemorating its 10th anniversary since opening.

The program includes excerpts of various pieces including “Ballet 101,” “Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux” and “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia.”

The performance starts at 4 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.

Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2.



FAUST

Sejong Center, Main Auditorium

Nov. 25 to 28: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Seoul Metropolitan Opera will showcase its production of “Faust.” The production is directed by internationally acclaimed British opera director John Dew, with set design by German designer Dirk Hofacker, who also designed for operas such as “La Traviata” and “Nabucco.”

“Faust” is an opera of five acts originally created by French composer Charles Gounod.

The story is based on a classic German legend and centers on the life of an old man, Faust, who makes a dangerous pact with a demon named Mephistopheles.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 150,000 won.

Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 1.






FAMILY OPERA: HANSEL AND GRETEL

Seongnam Arts Center, Theater Ensemble

Dec. 19 to 27: As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, as well as for the holiday season, the Seongnam Arts Center presents its production of the family opera “Hansel and Gretel.”

This opera traces all the way back to 1983, when it was performed for the first time at Hoftheater in Weimar, Germany, and conducted by Richard Strauss. Based on the fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, “Hansel and Gretel” chronicles the siblings’ adventure into the woods that leads them to a mysterious gingerbread house occupied by a sinister witch.

Packed with German folk songs and simple melodies, the production will be pleasing to viewers of all ages. This production will be in Korean.

There is no show on Monday. The show starts at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to Thursday and at 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won.

Imae Station, Bundang Line, exit 1.



CARMEN

Sejong Center, Main Auditorium

Dec. 25 to 27: The Sejong Center is showcasing its production of “Carmen,” in collaboration with the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi opera house in Busseto, Italy. Based on the novel by Prosper Merimee, French composer Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” depicts the fatal attraction between Don Jose, a corporal, whose love for Carmen, a gypsy girl, as deep and genuine as it is, becomes a threat to Carmen’s independent and free lifestyle. As Don Jose is driven by love and jealously, the lines between reality and fiction, love and hate, sanity and madness are blurred.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 250,000 won.

Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 1.



*Event information collected from the Korea Tourism Organization. Tickets available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
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