Everyone has something that makes them feel specially festive around this time of year. Maybe it’s the Christmas lights going up around London, or your first mince pie, for me it is the English National Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Every year The Coliseum hosts this wonderfully Christmassy show, and this year is their best production yet.
The show celebrates 60 years of the English National Ballet in true style and splendour, with a new, world premiere production. Wayne Eagling’s choreography is meticulous but measured and shows the dancers to be confident and daring. Even the youngest dancers stand out as having exceptional talent, tip-toeing their tiny feet across the massive stage. I was delighted to find that the production is, once again, using live singing for the snowflake chorus… 20 or so kids stand tall in the box closest to the stage singing their hearts out.
Peter Farmer has created a magical design for the story that plays with the central themes of fantasy and fun. Last year The Nutcracker had a cartoon feel, Farmer has replaced this with an image of Victorian elegance, and an air of romantic nostalgia. I am so glad that this classic has been returned to its rightful character, attempts to modernise it damage the magic of the show.
The Nutcracker is on until Thursday 30 December, matinee and evening performances available most days. Buy tickets to The Nutcracker