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The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet 2017
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The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet 2017

Broadcast from Royal Opera House Cinema
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The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. 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 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 emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

Reviews
“Francesca Hayward is superb as Clara, bringing acting skills to match the gorgeous elegance of her dancing at the heart of a very fine production” The Guardian 
“This revival of the Nutcracker comes up as bright as the gilding on the Christmas angel’s wings” Independent
“Fresh and reinvigorated. Truly, a memorable night” The Stage

Broadcasted from the Royal Opera House.

Dance Programme – With the support of: O Fileleftheros, Φιλgood*, Αctive 107.4 & 102.5

Duration: 135'

Tickets: €15 / 10

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