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.
...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.