The Nutcracker - Theatre Review

Set off on a journey through the Land of Snow and into the Kingdom of the Sweets in the English National Ballet’s magical production of THE NUTCRACKER at the London Coliseum

THE Nutcracker has been enchanting adults and children at Christmas-time for more than a century.

Offering giant Christmas trees, Sugar Plum fairies, toy soldiers and fighting mice – not to mention Tchaikovsky’s splendid musical score – it’s a luxurious sensory feast from start to finish.

For the most part, Wayne Eagling’s new production for the English National Ballet rises admirably to the challenge set down by countless other ballet companies.

The story follows the adventures of Clara who, after receiving a Nutcracker doll from a mysterious magician, sets off on a dream-like journey through the Land of the Snow and into the Kingdom of the Sweets.


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Some of the traditional Nutcracker storyline has been trimmed in Eagling’s production as he focuses on the blossoming affection between Clara and the magician’s nephew. Nutcracker purists might grumble, but there is still much to love about this show.

The beautiful set oozes Christmas spirit while the characters are humorously brought to life by a talented company. Daria Klimentova shines as Clara, undoubtedly stealing the show with her performance of the famous Sugar Plum pas de deux.

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This is by no means the most enchanting production in The Nutcracker’s long history, but it is nevertheless a festive fantasy treat for all the family.

* Showing at the London Coliseum in St Marton’s Lane, WC2, until Thursday, December 30.

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