Saturday, 19th December 2020 - 2:30pm
Recorded (in 2016) screening from the Royal Opera House.
Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.
Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th Century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasising the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
This Nutcracker is the quintessential Christmas experience, a production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite featuring a stunning cast which includes Lauren Cuthbertson as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Federico Bonelli as her Prince, Francesca Hayward as Clara and Alexander Campbell as Hans-Peter (the Nutcracker). Other Royal Ballet favourites performing include Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, Marcelino Sambé and Mayara Magri, to name but a few.
Approximate running time is two hours and 15 minutes, including one interval.
Tickets will go on sale from Wednesday November 25th, costing £14.00 (£12.00 – Regal Film Society members, Friends of the Regal, full-time students and unemployed and £10.00 for Children). They may only be booked by telephoning the Regal box office on 01643 706430 between 9.30am and 12.00pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday). Tickets are NOT available on line.