The Nutcracker

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Tickets for this performance are £16 Full Price, £13.50 Concession (including fees)

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 recognisable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family, 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 emphasising the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

Approximate running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (including an interval)

 


Countdown:

Past Event

The Nutcracker

Mon 11 December 2017

7:15PM

Ends: Mon 11 December

Key Theatre

PE1 1EF

£16 Full Price, £13.50 Concession (inc fees)

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