ROH - The Nutcracker (2013) (TBC)

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Release date

12th December 2013

Running Time

130 minutes


Tom Sellgman


Event Cinema

Peter Wright's dazzling production of Tchaikovsky's magical festive ballet returns to Covent Garden. Tchaikovsky's enduringly popular Christmas ballet unfolds in two fabulous acts. Act one opens on Christmas Eve. Mysterious magician Herr Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll. This sets in motion a train of events that leads to a midnight battle between an army of toy soldiers and the evil Mouse King, backed by his rodent hordes. It ends with a magnificent pas de deux in which Clara and Herr Drosselmeyer's nephew Hans-Peter celebrate the nutcracker's victory before being enveloped in a magical snowstorm. In Act two, the duo are whisked off to the Land of the Sweets. Here they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, who entertain them with a series of wonderful dances. First staged at Covent Garden back in 1984, Peter Wright's sumptuous and colourful version returns to the original 1892 Royal Ballet production for its inspiration.

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