The Nutcracker, with its glorious Tchaikovsky score, has been around for well over a century; and with literally hundreds of versions of the ballet simultaneously playing to enthusiastic audiences on both sides of the Atlantic (not to mention the antipodes) every Christmas, it's inevitable that a variety of versions of the original story should have appeared.
The basics of the story are well-known. At a Christmas Eve family party somewhere in Central Europe, a little girl, Clara is given a wooden nutcracker by her enigmatic godfather, the magician Dr. Drosselmeyer. She dreams the nutcracker, or maybe her handsome older cousin, leads her to a magic wonderland, where she witnesses a variety of dances, before waking up back in her bed on Christmas Day.
The little girl's dreams create Arabian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian dances, and waltzing flowers mixed with nightmares of beastly rats engaged in a prolonged battle with toy soldiers, whose leader looks uncannily like Clara's naughty brother.
Eagling's version includes a hot air balloon for Clara's trip to the Kingdom of the Sweets; and gives the Rats far more prominence and stage presence than, frankly, they deserve; but there is more than enough ballet dancing to charm both adults and children and to gloss over some narrative problems.
With the company in fine fettle, the dancing is sure to be mesmerising; and the ENB Philharmonic will deliver Tchaikovsky's score with its customary feeling and assurance.
Interested in ENB's 2017/18 Season?
|What||English National Ballet, Nutcracker London Coliseum|
WC2N 4ES | MAP
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
13 Dec 17 – 06 Jan 18, 19:30 Tues 26 Dec 17:00 many mats at 14:30 or 13:00 check website
|Website||Click here to book via the Coliseum website|