A critical Guide: Dance

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English National Ballet (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 0602 482626, Tues to Sat). Ben Stevenson's Nutcracker.

Royal Ballet (ROH, 071-240 1066, Wed). Sweet but artless Tales of Beatrix Potter and Balanchine's elegant Ballet Imperial.

Birmingham Royal Ballet (Hippodrome, 021-622 7486, Mon to Sat). Peter Wright's glittering Nutcracker.