THE NUTCRACKER – MATINEE
The Royal Ballet celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Filmed in 2016 and tarring Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell,.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. SHORT SYNOPSISThe Royal Ballet celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.
Lauren Cuthbertson: The Sugar Plum Fairy
Federico Bonelli: The Prince
Francesca Hayward: Clara
Alexander Campbell: Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker
Music – Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Choreography – Peter Wright after Marius Petipa
Production and Scenari – Peter Wright
Curtain Rises at 7.15pm
Doors open 6.30pm
Running time:140 minutes (including one interval)
Regretfully, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no bar. Those attending may bring refreshments in reusable plastic containers and are asked to remove litter after the performance. The audience will sit in family or own bubble groups of no greater than 6 people. The wearing of masks is mandatory.