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The Royal Ballet presents The Nutcracker

  • Starring: The Royal Ballet
  • Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov
  • Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  • Genre: Dance, Performance Art
  • Rating: NR
  • Filmed at the Royal Opera House in London, England Dec. 3rd 2018
  • Running Time: Approx: 2 hours 20 minutes, including one interval

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Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

Summary: Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

Production Information: 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.

"a production that bewitches on every level."
- Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
"The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker returns as magical as ever to cast its spell over London audiences."
- Mark Pullinger, Backtrack
"The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is both opulent and cosy. The heroine’s magical journey takes her from a family party to the glitter of the Land of Sweets, where Marianela Nuñez is a Sugar Plum Fairy of radiant warmth and grandeur."
- Zoë Anderson, Independent
"Sir Peter Wright’s 1984 production is a gem of the Roya Balletl’s repertory. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs continue to please, from the Biedermeier details of the Stahlbaums’ home to the icing sugar-dusted Kingdom of Sweets. Exquisitely costumed, it dazzles the eye and so does much of the dancing."
- Backtrack
"The harder-won applause goes to Anna Rose O’Sullivan as the vivacious daughter of a Biedermeier family and Marcelino Sambé as the magician’s nephew. Their own, Wright-choreographed Pas de deux as the room gives way to a pine forest at night is all youthful charm, smiles and fluency: a necessary balance to the pure stage magic – it never fails to give me goosebumps – as the Christmas tree central to the late Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs grows to enormous size (with phenomenal symphonic mastery from Tchaikovsky)."
- David Nice, The Arts Desk
"This may have been its 478th performance by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, but it was as fresh and buoyant as new. Opulent and historically fascinating — Julia Trevelyan Oman’s meticulous designs set the ballet in mid 19th-century Germany — sparkling with elegant dancing and featuring a sweet portrait of young love at its heart, this captivating production works on all levels."
- The Times

Showtimes

  • Thursday, 12/20 4:00pm
  • Saturday, 12/22 2:00pm
  • Sunday, 12/23 6:00pm