Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker

October 17, 2011

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Northern Ballet Media Release

For immediate release

17 October 2011

Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The world’s favourite ballet … awakening childlike imagination in us all  

ballet dancers as snoflakes

The Nutcracker Photograph : Bill Cooper

Northern Ballet will bring to life everyone’s favourite festive story, The Nutcracker, at theatres across the UK this October and November. The production will be touring to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (25 – 29 October), Canterbury Marlowe Theatre (1 – 5 November), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (8 – 12 November), Newcastle Theatre Royal (15 – 19 November) and Manchester Opera House (22 – 26 November).

The Nutcracker is a seasonal favourite told in a traditional way. Amidst the Christmas commotion the fire crackles and the pile of presents grows ever higher. As the clock strikes midnight Clara’s Nutcracker doll proves to be no ordinary toy. Clara is swept away by her Nutcracker prince into a magical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy.

Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon, OBE, has set his version in the Regency period. The festivities of the season are captured by Charles Cusick Smith’s beautiful set designs, David Nixon’s vivid costumes, and Mark Jonathan’s lighting. The score is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by John Longstaff and performed live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favourite ballets and has delighted audiences, young and old, for over 100 years. The perfect introduction to classical ballet, The Nutcracker has something for everyone, from the land of the snow, to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

David Nixon says, “People like to return to ‘The Nutcracker’ because it reminds them of childhood and that magical time when your dreams can become reality – it awakens a childlike imagination in us all.”

ballet dancers

Photograph : Bill Cooper

Listing

Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Dates: Tue 25 – Sat 29 October 2011

Performances: Evenings – 7:30pm, Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2:30pm

Tickets: £15 – £34

Box Office: 0844 871 7614

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Venue: Canterbury Marlowe Theatre

Dates: Tue 1 – Sat 5 November 2011

Performances: Evenings – 7:30pm, Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2:30pm

Tickets: £16 – £38

Box Office: 01227 787787

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Venue: Bradford Alhambra Theatre

Dates: Tue 8 – Sat 12 November 2011

Performances: Evenings – 7:30pm, Matinees: Thurs 2pm & Sat 2:30pm

Tickets: £11 – £30

Box Office: 01274 432000

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Venue: Newcastle Theatre Royal

Dates: Tue 15 – Sat 19 November 2011

Performances: Evenings – 7:30pm, Matinees: Thurs 2pm & Sat 2:30pm

Tickets: £9.50 – £35

Box Office: 08448 11 21 21

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Venue: Manchester Opera House

Dates: Tue 22 – Sat 26 November 2011

Performances: Evenings – 7:30pm, Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2:30pm

Tickets: £13.50 – £35

Box Office: 0844 847 2484

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Production Credits

Choreography, Direction and Costume Design:

David Nixon OBE

Set Design Charles Cusick Smith

Lighting Design Mark Jonathan

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Reduced Orchestration John Longstaff

Costume Design Assistant Christopher Giles

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