Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging
About the Show
English National Ballet's acclaimed production of a festive favourite.
It's Christmas Eve, and in Edwardian London, Clara receives a Nutcracker as a present. The magician Drosselmeyer transports Clara to the Land of Sweets, where she encounters the menacing Mouse King, as well as a string of charming characters from far-off lands.
Toer van Schayk has reconceptualised Marius Petipa's magical story for the ENB stage.
"The Eagling 'Nutcracker’s' storytelling has never been its strongest point and, even when I am definitely sure I’m not hallucinating, the plot still seems to jump around along with the dancers."
"The highlight of this production remains the corps de ballet. It's hard to watch the snowflakes and not feel a pound of anxiety with all those dancers trying to stay in unison, watch each other, their spacing, listen to the music, remain serene. "
...for this revival Eagling has updated some of the choreography — it’s lovely and lively. But dance isn’t the problem: the story is confusing, the second act lacks sparkle (brighter lighting would help) and the Christmas tree — the ballet’s iconic symbol — has no magic.