Notes on... The Nutcracker


The arrival of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the signal to the city that it’s really the start of Christmas. An indoor snow storm, dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy, what’s not to love? Panto shmanto.
We’re convinced actual magic is involved in the staging, as in Act One the audience watches Clara shrink, or rather the Christmas tree grow, until Clara is dwarfed by her surroundings and finds herself in a world where she is the same size as a horde of rats and their king. This transformation is a spine-tingly moment that elicits gasps and is perhaps the most memorable part of the production. But BRB’s dancers are always the true stars of their shows. And here, the absolute stand-outs are Jenna Roberts doing her fairy thing, and Laura Day is a captivating Clara.

Theatrical, other-worldly story-telling and some incredible feats of staging, combined with beautiful costumes that we’d happily wear throughout the holidays, make this one not to miss. The Nutcracker is an incredible spectacle for both the serious dance devotee as well as the totally ballet-uninitiated.

At the Hippodrome until Dec 13. Get tickets here.