We're excited to announce the first performances outside London of Birmingham Royal Ballet's spectacular Royal Albert Hall production of The Nutcracker.
After 30 years, Sir Peter Wright's legendary production will be undergoing a major renovation, thanks in large part to generous support from our audiences through the annual Christmas Big Give appeals. It will return, refreshed and revitalised, to Birmingham Hippodrome’s stage in November 2022, allowing us this unique opportunity to present a special adaptation of our London production on our home stage this year.
For one year only, Sir David Bintley's breathtaking London production will be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome. The show opens on a wintry soundscape - the Dickensian tones of Simon Callow as Drosselmeyer echo across the auditorium as he introduces the story and Tchaikovsky's glorious score is placed at the centre of the action, with the orchestra out of the pit and on a platform raised above the stage.
Scenery designer Dick Bird's wall of mirrors reflects spectacular scenic elements that bring the 19th century to vivid life, such as Drosselmeyer's toyshop, the Stahlbaum's beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and the scary midnight world in which King Rat battles the Nutcracker doll and his band of toy soldiers – all enhanced by beautiful projections, conjured up by the award-winning 59 Productions.
And, of course, in front of all this the Company's world-class dancers tell this most nostalgic of stories and bring the magic of Christmas to Birmingham Hippodrome once again.
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