The Nutcracker London Tickets
The Nutcracker: A Timeless Holiday Tradition
"The Nutcracker" is one of the most beloved ballets of all time. Every year, when the first snow falls and the holidays approach, theatre-goers from around the world line up to enjoy the story of Clara, a magician named Drosselmeyer, and a holiday adventure that features everything from a villainous Mouse King to the Land of Sweets. The Nutcracker isn't just a ballet; it's a holiday tradition that friends and family have been enjoying for years.
It's Christmas Eve, and Herr Stahlbaum and his wife are hosting a party. Clara and Fritz, their children, greet the guests, and there is dancing, dining and holiday merriment. Things get interesting when the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer arrives, bringing a wooden nutcracker toy for Clara.
Once the clock strikes midnight, The Nutcracker turns into a fairytale. Clara awakes to find her room filled with giant mice. The Nutcracker and his army of life-sized toy soldiers save her, and then, in true fairytale fashion, the toy Nutcracker turns into a handsome prince. During Act II, the prince takes Clara on a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy greets them with a night of dancing and entertainment.
The Nutcracker is enjoying a holiday run in London, the perfect place to enjoy this frost-covered, gas-lit Edwardian tale of magic, wonder, and holiday romance. The English National Ballet is putting on productions of the festive tale at the London Coliseum, Liverpool Empire, and the Royal Opera House. In a city known for its historic theatre district, there is no better place to catch a production of The Nutcracker. With family and friends eager to kick off the holidays, The Nutcracker London tickets will go fast.
The director of the Russian Imperial Theatres commissioned Tchaikovsky's score for The Nutcracker after the success of "Sleeping Beauty." However, when the ballet was first performed in 1882 in St. Petersburg, it received a poor reception. It is difficult to believe that such a well-loved ballet, a ballet that friends and family attend year after year as a holiday tradition, could have ever received a poor reception. Still, it wasn't until the 1960s that The Nutcracker began enjoying widespread popularity. In the United States, American ballet companies make nearly 40 percent of their annual ticket revenue from holiday productions of The Nutcracker.
The English National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker features collaborations that seek to honour, but add to, traditional ballet. Wayne Eagling is in charge of the choreography. Peter Framer handles design, and David Richardson is in charge of lighting. The English National orchestra will be playing the timeless music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Both matinee and evening shows feature the best dancers and soloists in England.
The Libretto for The Nutcracker is adapted from an 1816 story by E.T.A. Hoffmann called "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." In 1844, French author Alexandre Dumas, best known for "The Three Musketeers," wrote a revision of the Hoffmann tale. When Russian composer Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov adapted the story into a ballet, they based their work on Dumas' version of the Christmas tale.
The English National Ballet was founded in 1950 and is considered one of the best in the world. Tamara Rojo is the artistic director, while Farooq Chaudhry handles all the production duties. The latest production of The Nutcracker has received nothing but glowing reviews. The Guardian called it "Christmas-card perfect," and The Daily Express said, "This is now a contender as one of the best Nutcrackers around." Once again, it's time to meet up with family and friends and enjoy a timeless holiday classic.
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