Sunday, 1 December 2013

THE NUTCRACKER (Birmingham Royal Ballet) Review November 2013

Having crept downstairs to play with her new nutcracker doll, Clara finds herself magically transported into a world where she is amongst a battle between toy solders and rats. Her beloved Nutcracker doll turns into a handsome prince and they leave for the Land Of Snow... 

Sir Peter Wright's fantasy Christmas classic returns to Birmingham Hippodrome, the theatre in which it premiered on 29th December 1990 and proves as popular as ever, for not a single seat around was left unoccupied. 

Momoko Hirata sparkles and shines as Clara, the young girl with the gift of dance is perfectly performed with mesmerising technique. The production also belongs to Nao Sakuma, the Sugarplum Fairy who delights and receives rapturous applause. Chi Cao continues to execute the finest performance, securing his place at the forefront. A chorus of leaping rats, dashing soldiers and beautiful ballerinas combine to complete the line-up of world class dancers. 

Photo by Steve Hanson

The staging is a spectacle in itself - we've all seen a set change but this is unlike any other. The element of magic as the room transforms is present throughout and would leave even the Scroogiest theatregoer spellbound. The magic and beauty of the entire production is enough to satisfy every Christmas wish. The perfect pre-Christmas treat, a fabulous way to begin the festive season. Make sure it's on your list! 

The Nutcracker runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until Thursday 12 December, book tickets online here.

Watch the incredible set being fixed up during the get-in below:

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