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Nutcracker, The

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The magical charms of The Nutcracker have guaranteed its place as a perennial Christmas favourite. Read More >

The ballet draws on all the imagination and fantasy of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of supernatural adventures on Christmas eve, when young Clara comes downstairs to look for one of her presents, but instead finds herself at the start of a night of magical adventures.

In The Royal Ballet’s version, Lev Ivanov’s choreography is reinterpreted by Peter Wright in Julia Trevelyan Oman’s nostalgic designs, while the orchestral score is one of Tchaikovsky’s most familiar and tuneful. It is in turn whimsical with the party guests, mysterious with Dr Drosselmeyer, innocently romantic with Clara and her soldier toy and beguiling in the special treats of the celebratory dance display in the Sugar Garden. Whether it is your first visit or a return trip to a ballet favourite, The Nutcracker is always a treat – and treats are just what Christmas time is for.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 13/12/2006

Closing Night: 13/01/2007

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Producer - Peter Wright

Designer - Julia Trevelyan Oman

Choreographer - Lev Ivanov, reinterpreted by Peter Wright

Conductor - Boris Gruzin, Paul Murphy, Benjamin Pope

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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