Prepare to be swept up in the magic of Christmas as English National Ballet brings its sparkling production of Nutcracker to Milton Keynes Theatre from Wednesday.
The dancers of English National Ballet spent last week wowing audiences at Sadler’s Wells with Akram Khan’s Giselle. Now, they are carefully rehearsing the Company’s Nutcracker – a dazzling festive favourite guaranteed to enchant family members of all ages – to ensure their usual superb technique and artistry is showcased at its very best.
Masterful Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, Wayne Eagling’s exuberant choreography and Peter Farmer’s exquisite designs effortlessly transport us to a frost-dusted Edwardian London in Nutcracker.
A flurry of sparkling snowflakes, a cascade of blossoming flowers and a colourful hot air balloon drifting skywards – English National Ballet’s Nutcracker proved the perfect antidote to a woefully wet and windy Saturday!
Christmas seems merely a dim and distant memory now that the sparkly decorations have come down and January has well and truly arrived. However, inside the London Coliseum theatre the magic of the Yuletide season lingers this weekend as the venue hosts the final performances in this run of the festive – and fantastical – ballet.
Wayne Eagling’s exuberant Nutcracker premièred in 2010 and is the tenth version to have been incorporated into English National Ballet’s repertoire since the Company was established in 1950. Of all the 19th Century ballets, Nutcracker is the one which is most often staged and interpreted in strikingly different ways. English National Ballet’s current production includes some wonderful moments which are full of timeless Christmas cheer and plenty of divine dancing.
Christmas is a time for magic and nothing is more magical than a trip to the ballet so I seized the opportunity to see English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.
With a plethora of pantomimes on offer at the moment, those seeking alternative festive fare should pirouette their way to the capital to see English National Ballet’s stylish Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. Currently captivating audience members of all ages, this is the perfect seasonal show for the whole family.
Former Artistic Director Wayne Eagling’s interpretation of the timeless classic is set in a frost-covered Edwardian London winter, on an enchanted Christmas Eve.
Anticipation is in the air as Clara and her brother Freddie prepare for their family’s Christmas party. The Christmassy scene is set with some clever ice skating and the children attending the matinee performance are transfixed from this point on.
English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum (photography by Guy Farrow and Patrick Baldwin)