What signals the start of Christmas to you? If you live in Birmingham, and you love dance, and, in particular, ballet, Christmas comes with the opening of The Nutcracker staged by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. It is always a magical, glorious spectacle, exquisite escapism of the highest order, and it brings families together in a celebration of Christmas. Last night was the opening night for the 2019 Christmas season, which was its 29th year, and it was perfect, it always is!
Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas tale of magic and mystery that takes place on Christmas Eve is a festive staple. And after taking a break last year for the marvellous, and sometimes hilarious Cinderella, The Nutcracker made a welcome return with what may be its most beautiful staging ever. The story is a simple one, the lovely Clara(Karla Doorbar) is given a special gift by the magician Drosselmeyer, a Nutcracker doll that she instantly falls in love with. Creeping downstairs to retrieve the doll from under the Christmas tree, she is suddenly transported to a magical land, where the Nutcracker is alive, the rats are as big as people and there is a dancing Sugarplum fairy, a beautiful Snow Queen magical Spanish dancers, and a glorious flying swan to transport Clara through a snowy, wonderful wilderness.
The Nutcracker is at the Birmingham Hippodrome until December 14th . Click here for ticket information.