Tag Archives: The Nutcracker

Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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Confusion in the chocolate box: a return for Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker at ENB

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker ** English National Ballet, The Coliseum, 14th December 2016 The Nutcracker was the entry point for many into ballet, either via excitable school trips or through benevolent relations. It’s the perfect length, Tchaikovsky’s chocolate box music is … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: still casting a Christmas spell

Along with chestnuts, turkey and Carols from King’s, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. It has become a staple part of the festive season and one of the joys of any performance is in watching the excited reactions of children … Continue reading

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Tcherniakov triumphs with Iolanta, but hobbles Nutcracker at the Garnier

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/ The Nutcracker *** Opéra de Paris, Palais Garnier, 11th March 2016 At the 1892 première of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and The Nutcracker, it was the opera which scored the bigger hit with the critics, even though it’s the ballet which … Continue reading

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Let it snow! Christmas arrives in Covent Garden with The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker **** The Royal Ballet, 8th December 2015 Midnight chimes. A sinister bass clarinet throbs, a harp glints and the strings begin their ascent. Gary Avis’ debonair Drosselmeyer flings glitter to the heavens and the Christmas tree magically … Continue reading

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