Culture at the Cinema brings not one, not two, but three stage productions to the big screen in December. With choices for all ages, the shows include a night with Stephen Sondheim through the wonderful “Follies”; a return of “Peter Pan,” which originally aired in November, but this time it’s here for the kids; and finally, the magic of “The Nutcracker,” as performed by the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet.

Culture at the Cinema offers the extraordinary experience of watching a live production, as it was recorded when staged in other parts of the world. You only have to go once to get hooked, and now you have three chances in one month.

Buy your tickets early, particularly for the matinee shows, as they will probably sell out in advance.

‘Follies’

Dec. 16
8 p.m. start (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Story

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (“The Comedy of Errors”).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Sunday in the Park with George.”

Only 18 and older will be admitted. Tickets are $40 and include a glass of bubbly. Fully licensed bar on premises.

‘Peter Pan’

Dec. 17
3 p.m. start (doors open at 2 p.m.)

By JM Barrie, devised by the Companies.

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas.

Story

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (“NT Live: Jane Eyre”) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

Open to all ages. Adults are $20 and children are $10.

“The Nutcracker”

Dec. 24
3 p.m. start (doors open at 2 p.m.)

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa).
Cast: Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King), and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

Story

As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure. A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker enchants the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, The Nutcracker remains a treasure not to be missed!
Open to all ages. Adults are $20 and children are $10.

All tickets can be bought at the Camana Bay cinema box office.

See www.bigscreen.ky for the upcoming Culture at the Cinema schedule.