Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker originally opened in 1984, with Lesley Collier and Anthony Dowell dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince. Thirty years on and the production is a family favourite for audiences and is returning to the Royal Opera House in December.
This season’s Nutcracker will feature debuts from principle dancer Vadim Muntagirov as the prince and guest artist Iana Salenko as the sugar plum fairy. Meanwhile, soloists and dancers from the corps de ballet are provided with opportunities to take centre stage in the roles of Clara and Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker. Those making their debut in these roles are Leticia Stock, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Luca Acri and Marcelino Sambe.
This magical tale tells the story of Drosselmeyer, a mysterious magician and maker of magical toys, who longs to break the curse that has turned his nephew into a nutcracker doll. With the help of a young girl Clara, they embark on an adventure battling the Mouse King and his army, travelling to the Kingdom of the Sweets and the Land of Snow.
Talking about his production of The Nutcracker, Peter Wright said: “I’m very happy that my Nutcracker is still so loved after more than 30 years. Most of the credit has to go to composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky for his superb music and to the late Julia Trevelyan Oman for her designs. But it is really The Royal Ballet dancers and staff, led by ballet master Christopher Carr, who make the magic happen.”
The Nutcracker runs at the Royal Opera House from the 8th December until the 14th January 2016. There will also be a chance for people to see the production in cinemas across the world on the 16th December as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema season. For more information visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-nutcracker-by-peter-wright .
To book tickets visit the Royal Opera House Website or visit Love Theatre.com .