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Acclaimed Nutcracker ballet dances into the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas

For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall present The Nutcrackerthis Christmas, using state-of-the-art technology to conjure a vivid and magical winter wonderland.

This new version of the universally-acclaimed, quintessential Christmas ballet, suitable for all the family, will grace the world’s most famous stage for seven performances from 28 to 31 December 2017.

The innovative production premieres at the Royal Albert Hall complete with a magical transformation scene, 75kg of artificial snow and ground-breaking new projections.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re so excited to announce this unique festive treat for 2017: the world’s favourite Christmas ballet, specially adapted for the world’s most famous stage.

“There’s no place like the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate Christmas, and being able to welcome such a respected, well-loved and innovative production as part of our celebrations is a real thrill.”

This exceptionally Christmassy production of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, with its classic story, glorious dancing and ravishing Tchaikovsky score played by a full symphony orchestra, is set to be an exciting addition to London’s festive celebrations.

Featuring choreography by Sir Peter Wright, Vincent Redmon and Lev Ivanov (choreographer of the original 1892 production), The Nutcracker follows young Clara as she is swept away into a fantasy adventure through an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the magical Kingdom of the Sweets.

David Bintley, Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: “Our wonderful Nutcracker has been an essential part of Christmas in Birmingham for over 25 years, and I am so proud to be part of the team producing a brand new version of our classic production for London audiences. There is nowhere more Christmassy than the Royal Albert Hall, and no other production that so fizzes with festive energy.”

The Royal Albert Hall’s specially-adapted version will blend the best of the old and the new, using innovative projections to bring to life the entrancing, wintry world of The Nutcracker.

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LISTINGS INFO

The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Thursday 28 December, 7pm

Friday 29 December, 2pm and 7pm

Saturday 30 December, 2pm and 7pm

Sunday 31 December, 1pm and 5pm

Tickets: £35-£85

www.royalalberthall.com / 020 7589 8212

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 5 May 2017

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Follow this link for downloadable images of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Pictures of the Royal Albert Hall are available for press use here.

ROYAL ALBERT HALL

The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Over the past 146 years, it has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Edward Elgar to The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Adele. Last year, its breathtaking auditorium presented 390 events by the world’s greatest performers – taking in rock, pop and classical music, dance, films, Cirque du Soleil and even tennis – with the magical setting and inspired artists creating amazing memories for audiences.

Opened in 1871 to fulfil Prince Albert’s vision of a central hall to promote the arts and sciences, the Hall is a registered charity that remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. It hosts over 800 events a year in its secondary space, the Elgar Room, and beyond, broadening the Hall’s appeal to incorporate younger and more diverse audiences.

Its Education & Outreach programme reaches more than 195,000 participants each year, working with schools, young people and the community, as well as other charities such as Music for Youth, as part of its extensive public benefit remit.

Media contact: Rick Burin: rickb@royalalberthall.com / 020 7969 0531


BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET

Based at Birmingham Hippodrome since 1990, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading classical ballet touring company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future.

The company’s Director is the award-winning David Bintley, CBE and Chief Executive is Jan Teo. Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

Media contact: Peter Leone: 07790 004875 / peter@peterleonepr.co.uk

Or Birmingham Royal Ballet press office: 0121 245 3505 / media@brb.org.uk