Run time: 135 mins
The dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet star in a sensational, appropriately festive performance of ‘The Nutcracker’.
Since its first performance in 1892, ‘The Nutcracker’ has been a staple of Christmas programming for ballet companies across the world. Here, the Bolshoi Ballet presents their version of E.T.A. Hoffman’s original text with libretto and choreography by Yuri Grigorovich staged against the backdrop of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score.
‘The Nutcracker’ tells the story of Marie (Margarita Shrayner) who is gifted a wooden nutcracker that resembles a soldier by her Uncle Drosselmeyer (Denis Savin) at a Christmas Eve party. As the clock strikes midnight, the Nutcracker (Seymon Chudin) comes alive and the evil Mouse King (Alexander Vodopetov) appears, along with his mice soldiers. A battle ensues, the Nutcracker and Marie win, and the Nutcracker is transformed into a real prince. The prince then takes Marie on a journey to the Land of Sweets, where the two are rewarded with a celebration that includes a dance performed by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
It’s a veritable sensory feast and true joy to watch. The costumes, set design, and score generate a story-world that’s utterly enveloping: so much so that these Rex tickets should be at the top of everyone’s Christmas list.