The Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker, Tchaikovski

Friday December 7th, 3pm
Thursday December 13th 7pm
Friday December 14th, 3pm
Saturday December 15th, 3pm
Sunday December 16th, 3pm

If Christmas is just not the same without the sound of the celesta, without many cinematographic adaptations of Hoffman’s tale, it’s because of the ballet! And this production by Peter Wright naturally stands as one of the most emblematic, along with that of Balanchine.

Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. 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, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

MUSIC
Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky

ORIGINAL SCENARIO
Marius Petipa

CHOREOGRAPHY
Peter Wright from Lev Ivanov

PRODUCTION AND SCENARIO
Peter Wright

COSTUME DESIGN
Julia Trevelyan Oman

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Mark Henderson

PRODUCTION CONSULTANT
Roland John Wiley

DURATION
2 h 30 approx

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