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REVIEW: The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal Windsor

Sally Gray

REVIEW: The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal Windsor

Having never been to a ballet before, I jumped at the chance to see The Nutcracker which is now showing at Theatre Royal, Windsor until Saturday, November 10.

This is an enchanting story about a girl called Clara who is given a wooden nutcracker doll as a present at a very elegant Christmas party, falls asleep under a Christmas tree and is then swept away on a magical, dreamy journey involving giant mice, dancing snowflakes and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy, who accompanies Clara to the Kingdom of Sweets.

As someone for who it is never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, I loved the opening scene with an enormous Christmas tree back-drop.

The Vienna Festival Ballet’s rendition with world famous music  by P I Tchaikovsky (of course) is great to hear when accompanied by the talented dancers who are choreographed by Kenny Burke, following the original choreography of Marius Petipa, the chief master of the Russian Imperial Ballet.

This is a light-hearted rendition of the story that is clear, easy to follow and will definitely appeal to older children. The dancers performed the obligatory pirouettes, leaps and other elegant ballet-type moves very impressively and both my daughter and I thought it was a joy to watch.

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