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Will Tuckett’s Nutcracker ballet cancelled as investor pulls out

Will Tuckett (left) with Adam Cooper. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett
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A dance production starring Adam Cooper that was billed as the world’s first immersive ballet has been cancelled after losing funding from an investor.

Will Tuckett’s Nutcracker was due to open later this month at the Printworks in Canada Water, having initially been scheduled to run at a temporary theatre in Wembley Park.

It was being produced by Rhizome Entertainment, which said the production had “stalled due to funds from an investor falling through”.

Producer Bob Watts said: “It is with enormous regret that we are having to put the production on hold, but our efforts to find a new investor at short notice in this current climate have sadly proven unsuccessful.

“It was a huge privilege to see Will Tuckett’s vision come to life – his Nutcracker was shaping up to be an extraordinary experience. I hope it will come to a London audience soon”.

When the project was first announced in June this year, Tuckett described the show as a “completely fresh approach to a classic ballet”.

It was set to feature a cast of more than 40 performers, alongside live musicians, with music played by ensemble Chroma.

A spokeswoman for Chroma described the show as “magical and innovative”.

“It was looking and sounding amazing in the rehearsal room. It is very sad that investment issues means there are no performances this Christmas, but we very much hope the production will see a life at some point, so everyone can enjoy it,” she added.

All ticket holders will receive a full refund, the producers said.

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