Ralph Fiennes directs the story of ballet legend, Rudolf Nureyev, and his sensational defection from the USSR to the west in 1961.
A young man of only 22 and a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet, Nureyev travelled for the first time outside the Soviet Union to Paris, where life delighted him and he was eager to consume all the culture, art and music the city had to offer. But the KGB officers who watched his every move became increasingly suspicious of his behaviour and his friendship with the young Parisienne Clara Saint. When they finally confronted Nureyev with a shocking demand, he was forced to make a heart-breaking decision, one that would change the course of his life forever.
From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his arrival at the epicentre of western culture in Paris in the early 1960s and a nail-biting stand-off at the Le Bourget airport, The White Crow is the true story of an incredible journey by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever.
“serious minded, often beautiful, elegantly scripted by playwright David Hare” Independent
“an oblique take on an icon that leaves you hungry for more” Metro
12A: infrequent strong language, moderate sex, nudity
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