Christmas is well and truly over, yet why not shamelessly milk those festive dregs as much as possible by nipping over to the London Coliseum to watch the ludicrously romantic fairy tale ballet – Nutcracker.
Upon arrival at this iconic theatre, the audience are greeted by a “Christmas tree” made of 341 pairs of pointed shoes, kindly donated by the English National Ballet.
From the opening scene featuring serene river skaters till the very end of this enchanting show, the rapturous dance performances will captivate your gaze and transport you to another world – as if a quaint Victorian Christmas card came to life before your very eyes.
Over 100 dancers and musicians of varying ages bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing and music to leave you breathlessly in awe. The production is a vivid expression of the main character Clara´s dream – at times slightly nightmarish, but thankfully with a happy ending.
On a magical Christmas Eve in wintery Edwardian London, Clara and her bewitched Nutcracker doll travel in a fantastical fairy tale dream world, battling with the hilariously acted Mouse King to remove a wretched curse. Once the evil one gets defeated, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a ride in a flamboyant hot air balloon around the world accompanied by dancers representing artistic expressions of various cultures worldwide.
Nutcracker is a ‘must see,’ classic ballet that has been effortlessly performed every single year since its founding year in 1950. Based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, the show has been meticulously choreographed by Wayne Eagling and features haunting music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – performed live by the renowned English National Ballet Philharmonic. The costumes and stage design by Peter Farmer are truly a visual treat that remain etched within your memory.
Ballet-addicts will be happy to discover that the English National Ballet is hosting a range of workshops and events for the general public to give them an insight into the alluring world of ballet. Activities include on-stage workshops for all ages including drawing and dance sketching of the moving performers during rehearsals.
Get your tickets before it’s too late…
Nutcracker at London Coliseum till 7th January 2017 and December 2018