Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
Having never been to a ballet before, my daughter and I were very much looking forward to this show! Since its première in Saint-Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been one of the most successful classical ballets and Tchaikovsky’s score has become one of his most famous compositions. This enchanting story tells the tale of how Clara is given a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas present by Dr Drosselmeyer. During the Christmas party Clara and her brother Fritz fight over the nutcracker doll. Later that night Clara wakes and looks for the Nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes twelve, she is transported to a magical world of excitement and delight where giant mice appear and fight with the toy soldiers. The nutcracker doll comes to life and joins in the battle. Clara finally kills the King Mouse with her shoe and The Nutcracker Doll is transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara through the land of snow to the Kingdom of Sweet and the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Under the expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet combines classical training and technique with the best-loved Russian ballets, outstanding soloists, glamorous costumes and talented full orchestra, to entertain in breath-taking style. From the second the curtains opened, we were mesmerised by the talent and intricate attention to detail in both choreography and production as a whole. They definitely have produced a work of rare and enduring magic. With sumptuous period designs, spellbinding stage effects and of course Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, ‘The Nutcracker’ continues to enchant audiences of all ages, we certainly had magical experience for our first ballet and the venue was ideal!
The Royal Concert Hall is ideally located in the heart of Nottingham, easily accessible by train, tram and bus and close to a number of city centre car parks, Q Park being a mere stone’s throw away.
For other shows at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND