A re-staging of the Royal Ballet's 1985 production, with Anthony Dowell - this time as Drosselmeyer - and a new supporting cast.

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Anthony Dowell ...
Alina Cojocaru ...
Ivan Putrov ...
Miyako Yoshida ...
Jonathan Cope ...
Sugar Plum Fairy's Prince
Justin Meissner ...
Drosselmeyer's Assistant / Chinese Dancer
Diane Holland ...
Maiden Aunt
Pauline Wadsworth ...
Maiden Aunt
Romayne Grigorova ...
Housekeeper
David Drew ...
Oliver Till ...
Fritz
Genesia Rosato ...
Grandmother
William Tuckett ...
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Rose Fairy's Escort #2
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A re-staging of the Royal Ballet's 1985 production, with Anthony Dowell - this time as Drosselmeyer - and a new supporting cast.

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Shown on U.S. TV in 2010 as part of Ovation TV's annual "Battle of the Nutcrackers", in which different productions of "The Nutcracker" are screened and the viewer is asked to vote on their favorite of all the candidates. See more »

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Version of The Nutcracker (2009) See more »

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The Nutcracker
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with the chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
all conducted by Yevgeni Svetlanov
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Generally standard (some mild spoiler.)
25 December 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I am not a real ballet fan and find classical ballets rather risible in general. But I do like the music of this one which I thought was not well served in this and many other cases. Dancers are notorious for complaining about the music being too fast with the result that it all moves along at a pedestrian pace. (It's even slower in some Russian versions I've seen and I think this was partly what Balanchine was fighting against in all his work.)

Anthony Dowell, the then-director of the Royal Ballet, really hams it up in his largely mime part of Drosselmeier and I thought the homo-erotic relationship (?) of Drosselmeier and his nephew Hans-Peter served no particular purpose aside from reflecting Tchaikovsky's with his nephew "Bob" (Vladimir Davydov.).

I think the Pacific Ballet's version is more interesting as is the Paris Opera Ballet's (Nureyev.). (I never particularly liked the Baryshnikov one.)

I found the dancing serviceable if uninspired, but way too slow!!!

Perhaps the dancers would have rather done another ballet as this one has perhaps been done too often.


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