For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall present The Nutcracker this Christmas, using state-of-the-art technology to conjure a vivid and magical winter wonderland.
This new version of the universally-acclaimed, quintessential Christmas ballet, suitable for all the family, will grace the world’s most famous stage for seven performances from 28 to 31 December 2017.
The innovative production premieres at the Royal Albert Hall complete with a magical transformation scene, 75kg of artificial snow and ground-breaking new projections from the award-winning 59 Productions (An American in Paris, London 2012’s opening ceremony).
Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re so excited to announce this unique festive treat for 2017: the world’s favourite Christmas ballet, specially adapted for the world’s most famous stage. There’s no place like the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate Christmas, and being able to welcome such a respected, well-loved and innovative production as part of our celebrations is a real thrill.”
This exceptionally Christmassy production of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, with its classic story, glorious dancing and ravishing Tchaikovsky score played by a full symphony orchestra, is set to be an exciting addition to London’s festive celebrations.
Featuring choreography by Sir Peter Wright, Vincent Redmon and Lev Ivanov (choreographer of the original 1892 production), The Nutcracker follows young Clara as she is swept away into a fantasy adventure through an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the magical Kingdom of the Sweets.
David Bintley, Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: “Our wonderful Nutcracker has been an essential part of Christmas in Birmingham for over 25 years, and I am so proud to be part of the team producing a brand new version of our classic production for London audiences. There is nowhere more Christmassy than the Royal Albert Hall, and no other production that so fizzes with festive energy.”
The Royal Albert Hall’s specially-adapted version will blend the best of the old and the new, using innovative projections from Olivier and Tony award-winning company 59 Productions (National Theatre’s War Horse, Sydney Opera House VIVID Festival) to bring to life the entrancing, wintry world of The Nutcracker.