The Nutcracker review at Hippodrome Birmingham
Sir Peter Wright’s production elevates The Nutcracker into a new dimension, light years away from the sugary Christmas offering that it can become. It is breathtaking in scale and imagination. There is such a sense of occasion in the portrait of a Victorian household at Christmas, richly detailed and with delightful cameos, especially from the children.
The designers achieve a spectacular transformation of the set by giving the illusion of zooming in on the towering Christmas tree and so changing the scale of the room so that we see it as though through a magnifying lens. The rats pour out of a now giant fireplace to battle in smoke and flames with the soldiers, before a truly magical ascent into a soft and ethereal Land of Snow and the sublime pas de deux danced by LaNvtitia Lo Sardo as Clara and Robert Parker as the Prince.
The fantasy world of act two is brilliantly created in a swirl of Drosselmeyer’s cloak, with the magician himself powerfully danced by Michael O’Hare. The union of Elisha Willis as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Parker as the Prince sets the seal on a production for which huge credit must also go to the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Hippodrome, Birmingham, December 3-15
- Pyotr Ilytch Tchaikovsky
- Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon
- Birmingham Royal Ballet
- Cast includes
- Elisha Willis, Robert Parker, Michael O’Hare, LaNvtitia Lo Sardo
- Running time
- 2hrs 5mins
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