Cracking night out at the ballet

Mattthew Bourne's Nutcracker
Mattthew Bourne's Nutcracker

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from May 1-5.

Nutcracker! follows last year’s hugely successful production of Cinderella, which, after a sold-out run at Sadler’s Wells and international tour has now played over 200 performances and been seen by over 240,000 people.

This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy.

Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’s Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delicious sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite.

Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, it is co-devised by Martin Duncan, with lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Paul Groothuis.

Matthew Bourne is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer/director. He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award-winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both best choreographer and best director of a musical.

Matthew Bourne said: “To help celebrate this evergreen production’s 20th birthday, I have decided to cast the show with the next generation of New Adventures dancers, mostly making their debuts in these roles.

“With popular productions such as Nutcracker! now returning to New Adventures’ repertoire on a regular basis, it seems only right to develop and nurture the incredible young talent that we have in the company by giving them bigger opportunities and challenges.

“I am, though, delighted to say that the cast includes our original Clara from 1992, Etta Murfitt, who along with several other New Adventures veterans, will guide and inspire the younger cast members.

Ticket details to see Nutcracker! are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.