Birmingham Royal Ballet’s spectacular production of The Nutcracker returns to its home theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, for 22 performances only, from Friday 27 November to Sunday 13 December 2009. A true delight for the all the family, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has been enjoyed by audiences for almost 20 years.
The Company’s Director Laureate, Sir Peter Wright, created the lavish production for the City of Birmingham in 1990, to thank it for its support and generosity toward the Company following its move from Sadler’s Wells in London. The Nutcracker immediately triumphed, establishing itself as the finest on offer throughout the country in the Christmas calendar of entertainment.
It’s Christmas Eve and a splendid party is taking place at the Stahlbaums’ house. Young Clara receives a beautiful wooden Nutcracker doll from the eccentric magician Drosselmeyer and is instantly enchanted. That night, unable to sleep, Clara creeps downstairs to see her toy. To her amazement, on the stroke of midnight, the Christmas tree starts growing, she battles an army of rats and is spirited away to the Land of Snow, the Kingdom of Sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Based on a tale by Hoffman, the story of The Nutcracker has inspired several choreographers since the first production by Lev Ivanov. The harmonious mix of music by Tchaikovsky, magic and dance has roused the talents of George Balanchine, John Cranko and Rudolf Nureyev. With designs by John F. Macfarlane this enchanting story of Clara’s adventures with her Nutcracker doll, Rat King and the Sugar Plum Fairy is an exquisite seasonal feast.
Ticket Office: 0844 338 5000 or Birmingham Hippodrome.
I interviewed Natasha Oughtred earlier this year and you can read what she had to say, here.
Birmingham Royal Ballet will be touring in London next month, and you will be able to read more interviews and news about the Company in the coming weeks.