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26 Nov 2009

The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Ballet's 'Nutcracker' reigns supreme for sparkling technique, shimmering sets, dancing snowflakes and the whole seasonal shebang. The flawless Miyako Yoshida, now based in Japan and working as a guest principal with the RB, returns to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy on opening night.

Despite its sugary connotations as the bonbon of the ballet world, The Nutcracker is far from a cliché. Its plot is as crazy as it is convincing, mirrored by Tchaikovsky’s zanily eccentric orchestration, and Lev Ivanov’s inventive choreography.

The action surreally nosedives into an increasingly fantastical world, leaving the cosy domesticity of Clara’s parents' house increasingly far behind. Almost as soon as we adapt to one new world, another follows swiftly on as transformation scene follows transformation scene.

The magician Drosselmeyer sets out to find a young girl who can break the curse imposed by the Rat King on his nephew Hans Peter and restore him to human form. Mice and toys stage a pitched battle. Clara travels to the Lands of the Snow and then the Sweets accompanied by a handsome prince transformed from a broken old Nutcracker doll. All is presided over by the strange and mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Don't miss this magical performance..

The Royal Opera House