The Ballet: The Nutcracker, Coliseum, London


What is it? The English National Ballet dance this festive favourite, with choreography from Wayne Eagling.

The Independent says: “[ENB] dance The Nutcracker with energy and understanding, brightening up Wayne Eagling’s uneven production. From Micaela Infante’s child Clara to Daria Klimentová’s grown-up ballerina, the dancing brings real fizz … [but the] staging has muddled storytelling, with some bizarre divertissement dances and a confusing switch in the hero’s identity.”

They say: The Arts Desk: “This production … has come in for some stick in the three years since its premiere. Wayne Eagling, the company’s then director, produced the choreography in rather too much of a hurry … no amount of polishing can fix structural flaws, and this ballet has a fatal one in the shape of its frankly bizarre story treatment … despite the bad hand dealt them, [ENB’s dancers] are really shining.”

You say: @robynm93: “The Nutcracker was AMAZING!! Vadim Muntagirov and Daria Klimentova were incredible!!”

@Lisekit: “ENB’s Nutcracker not without issues, particularly in Act 2. Which is supposed to be the good bit! Sort it out, Eagling.”

Details: to 5 Jan,