Every since I was small I have loved The Nutcracker. My mum had an old copy on video and I used to watch it at Christmas; it was one of the sure signs that Santa was on his way.
For Christmas this year, mum got me two tickets to see the Russian State Ballet and the Orchestra of Siberia's touring production of The Nutcracker at The Marlowe Theatre in March.
The entire ballet was just magical. It opens at the Christmas Eve party where the children play games with the magician and Marie and Fritz receive their presents. The touches here were lovely, with the children coming to and from the party wearing capes dusted with snow and throwing snowballs at each other. The changing of the nutcracker into a lifesize doll was masterfully performed and the dancer remained as a life size doll for longer than normal, only changing into a full prince at the end of the act.
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