Normally shown as a festive delight, I caught the last leg of Tchaikovsky’s world famous ballet performed by the Royal Scottish Ballet at the Newcastle Theatre Royal. As expected the show was absolutely magical and the dancers breathtaking.
Peter Darrel’s production of The Nutcracker included a large casting of children which is especially noticeable in the first act. The stage is set as a Victorian home with an overly large and decorative Christmas tree. The party is warm and inviting, the children are handed gifts and the adults elegantly dance around the stage in the most decadent gowns. Clara, the main character played by the sweetest looking young girl falls asleep at the end of the party transporting the audience in to a spectacular dreamland.
The staging in the Snow Queen’s realm was absolutely beautiful, the giant white sparkling Christmas tree and the snowflake arches highlighted the elegance of the dancing.
Act two started with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the stage which was dressed with curtains of Christmas Baubles. The Sugar Plum Fairy was in my opinion the most incredible dancer, the intricacies in the footwork were like nothing I had seen before. The act continued on with various dancers from what was meant to be different cultures performing routines to some of the most well known Tchaikovsky compositions and it really was incredible.
I would absolutely recommend that if you haven’t attended a ballet before that you add it to your bucket list because it was magnificent experience that I would love to do again.