Birmingham Royal Ballet

With tickets selling fast and several performances already sold out, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s spectacular production of the fairytale classic The Nutcracker, created by the Company’s Director Laureate Sir Peter Wright, will return to its home theatre the Birmingham Hippodrome from Friday 28 November – Saturday 13 December. The Nutcracker is the world’s most celebrated family Christmas show.

Sir Peter Wright created the production in 1990, to thank the city of Birmingham for its support and generosity towards the Company following its move from Sadler’s Wells in London. The Nutcracker immediately triumphed, establishing itself as the finest on offer throughout the country in the Christmas calendar of entertainment.

Adapted from ETA Hoffman’s story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’, the story of The Nutcracker has inspired several choreographers since the first production by Lev Ivanov premiered in 1892. It has been performed every Christmas since in cities all over the world, from St Petersburg to Beijing, and is the most popular family Christmas show of all time. The harmonious mix of music, magic and dance has roused the talents of George Balanchine, John Cranko and Rudolf Nureyev, yet Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker for Birmingham Royal Ballet is widely regarded as the finest version ever of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved ballet score.

The enchanting story of Clara’s adventures with her Nutcracker doll, Rat King and the Sugar Plum Fairy is an exquisite seasonal feast. Let yourself get swept up in the excitement of Christmas with one of the best known classical ballets of all time. In this unparalleled, world famous production by Sir Peter Wright, complete with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, the designer of the Company’s stunning Cinderella, this is one not to be missed!

A favourite for all the family, this classic fairytale tells the story of Clara. And what more could a young girl ask for at Christmas than for all her dreams to come true? After sneaking downstairs at midnight to play with her new Nutcracker doll, Clara is swept up in a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic and mystery. When she saves her beloved Nutcracker from the King of the Rats, she is whisked away to an enchanted land and dances the night away in his arms, meeting a host of strange and exotic characters, before she is finally transformed into a beautiful ballerina.  

The night passes in a blur and she wakes up on Christmas morning at the foot of the Christmas tree with memories that will stay with her forever, as the memory of this amazing production will stay with everyone who sees it. 

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