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The Nutcracker

THE ROYAL BALLET'S 'THE NUTCRACKER,' A BALLET IN TWO ACTS

A YOUNG GIRL’S ENCHANTED PRESENT LEADS HER ON A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL BALLET, DANCED TO TCHAIKOVSKY’S MAGNIFICENT SCORE

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:
2 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL

CHOREOGRAPHY: PETER WRIGHT AFTER LEV IVANOV
MUSIC: PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Opening night of The Royal Ballet’s
The Nutcracker, captured live on December 5, 2017.

A firm family favourite with Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing score, a Christmas tree that magically grows, a battle between toy soldiers and an Army of Mice, and the famous role of the Sugar Plum Fairy danced by Royal Ballet Principal
Sarah Lamb with her Prince, Principal dancer Steven McRae, this event presented by Darcey Bussell is not to be missed.

Peter Wright’s enchanting production tells the story of Clara, danced by Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward, whose Christmas is transformed by a visit from Drosselmeyer, a mysterious magician and maker of magical toys. Drosselmeyer longs to break a curse that has turned his nephew, danced by Australian Principal Alexander Campbell, into a nutcracker doll.

Matched with exquisite designs and world-famous melodies, this production of
The Nutcracker has enthralled audiences for over 30 years since its opening in 1984. It showcases the full energy of the Company, alongside the emerging talent of young dancers from The Royal Ballet School. The stunning costumes, numbering around 600 and dating back to the world-premiere, are revitalized for the show.

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

· The Stage - Fresh and reinvigorated ★★★★

· The Independent - magical production of the classical ballet ★★★★

Played at

Royal, 1.10.18 - 1.10.18
Rated NR
Runtime: 135 min
Language: English