Please note – bookings have now closed for The Secret Theatre.

This Christmas, Scottish Ballet will bring the magic of the theatre right into your home with our first feature film. 

In a deserted city, a young boy stumbles into a theatre. He wanders through the auditorium, where rows of velvet chairs, draping curtains and chandeliers seem to lie in lonely wait for audiences to return. The theatre may be empty, but the show will go on... 

Starring characters from our most popular festive ballets, the worlds of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy collide when the theatre bursts into life. In this spectacular, feature-length film, you’ll be treated to an extraordinary show filled with acrobats, snowflakes, clowns, princes and – of course – beautiful ballerinas.   

The Secret Theatre features the choreography of Scottish Ballet founder Peter Darrell and CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, co-directed for the screen by Jess & Morgs. With set and costumes designed by Lez Brotherston; music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky recorded live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra; new additional composition by Frank Moon; and performances from the full Scottish Ballet Company; this Christmas special will be an unforgettable adventure for all the family. 

Please consider making an optional donation to support the making of this film.

Running time: approximately one hour 


Frequently asked questions

How can I view The Secret Theatre?

If you booked before 5.30pm (GMT) on 21 December, a link will be sent to the same email address you booked with.

If you booked after 5.30pm (GMT) on 21 December, the link will be in your order confirmation email. 

When can I view The Secret Theatre?

The Secret Theatre will premiere on Monday 21 December at 6pm and will be available to view until 11.59pm on Thursday 24 December. You can book a ticket right up until 5pm on Thursday 24 December. (All times are GMT)

How can I find out more?

Visit our FAQ page here.

‘★★★★★ Scottish Ballet has unveiled a dazzling new feature film capturing all that’s good about live performance’

The Scotsman

‘★★★★ An hour-long film that captures ballet’s festive twinkle and fairy-tale charm in screen-savvy manner … a definite warming of the cockles’

The Guardian

‘Enchanting, spellbinding, uplifting’

The Herald

Make the most of the experience

We are delighted to be working with our partner theatres to offer a special programme of talks and workshops, tailored to the communities we tour to. Choose your local theatre when booking tickets to find out more.