The Ballet: The Nutcracker, Royal Opera House, London


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What is it? Peter Wright’s revival of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic for the Royal Ballet, with Francesca Hayward as Clara.

The Independent says: “The most traditional of British productions …. Although Peter Wright has added more conjuring tricks to his original production, he’s kept the warmth of the family party scenes, the magic of the growing Christmas tree.”

They say: Evening Standard: “Christmas means the battle of the Nutcrackers. And the Royal Ballet’s lavish, classical treat is the hottest ticket of them all … This Nutcracker is a triumph. It’s impossible not to surrender to the frosted charm and superb dancing – but there’s a hint of darkness at the heart.”

The Arts Desk: “Full of visual delight, wonderful dancing, and festive cheer, this Nutcracker also feels genuine, as if the people behind it continue to feel the magic themselves … [Hayward] came as a delightful surprise. Very quick on her feet, she jumps like she’s just been popped from a champagne bottle, floating on fizz.”

You say: @BBB_Mrs: “Orchestra sounding very scrappy tonight”

@katedh: “I do try and avoid sentimentality usually, but hey it’s nearly Christmas. THE ROH NUTCRACKER IS UTTERLY UTTERLY MAGICAL”

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