- The Nutcracker review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘skips along’
- The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House, The Royal Opera House
The Nutcracker review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘skips along’
Peter Wright's interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in2017
Please refresh the page and retry. W ith its glittering set, fairy-tale transformations and stage wizardry, The Nutcracker is perfect for bringing the magic of the festive season to the stage — small wonder that this tale has become a staple of ballet repertories the world over. W right has tweaked his production over the intervening years, and the Kingdom of Sweets divertissements in Act II reinforce the sense that we are seeing a story through the eyes of a young girl. His involvement of our heroine Clara and her beau Hans-Peter in those sections streamlines the narrative between the formerly disconnected two acts. These two are charming characters, and Wright has sharpened them well.
Every second from ROHNutcracker is pure gold. There are not enough word to describe how magnificent The Nutcracker was! Thank you! Utterly enchanting! Ossa-Richardson LilyPlum December 5, Magical, just magical.
Drosselmeyer, a timeless magician and creator of mechanical toys and clocks, was once employed in a royal palace where he invented a trap that killed off half the mouse population. The only way to break the spell was for the Nutcracker to slay the Mouse King, thereby committing an act of great bravery, and for a young girl to love and care for him in spite of his awful appearance. When Drosselmeyer is invited to entertain the guests at a Christmas party that his friends, the Stahlbaums, are giving, he decides that this could well be the opportunity he has been looking for. Their daughter, Clara, is a little younger than Hans-Peter imprisoned in the Nutcracker, and what better time than Christmas, when the mice are busy stealing the leftovers, for a confrontation between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker? He decides to put the Nutcracker in the tender care of Clara and makes a special Christmas Angel to guide her through her task. When all the guests have departed and the house is asleep, Clara, in search of the Nutcracker, creeps downstairs and discovers Drosselmeyer waiting for her.
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. The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker's life - so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy - and the Mouse King is defeated. In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances.
This year, six ballet companies, including the Royal Ballet , English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet , are presenting versions of the piece across the UK, where an estimated quarter of a million people will see them. The versions differ, but all offer a dream of Christmas past. A dream of presents and parties and flickering firelight. Of deep winter, dark nights and ancient magical beliefs. A dream that few of us have ever known as a reality, but which remains a strangely familiar place. Many ballet companies, particularly in the US, are only able to survive because of their Nutcracker revenues.
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