News - The Nutcracker

Returning to the Covent Garden stage and screened live in cinemas on Tuesday 5th December, Peter Wright's captivating production of The Nutcracker is a glittering festive treat for audiences of all ages...

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.

This run of The Nutcracker features Royal Ballet Principal Dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward, Sarah Lamb, Laura Morera, Yasmine Maghdi, Marianela Nunez and Akane Takade appear as the Sugar Plum Fairy during this run. Federico Bonelli, Alexander Campbell, Ryoichi Hirano, Nehemiah Kish, Steven McRae and Vadim Muntagirov perform as the Prince. Soloist William Bracewell makes his debut in this role. A favourite with audiences of all ages, this festive masterpiece captures the essence of Christmas, with sweeping snowscapes, magical stagecraft and a heart-warming story, brought to vivid life by The Royal Ballet on the Covent Garden Stage.

For more information of the cinema performance, please visit the Royal Opera House website.

Image - ROH, Tristram Kenton 2015
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