New Adventures brought their production of Nutcracker! to the screen following a successful tour on stage, and it certainly is a magical version of the classic.
Clara and Fritz are in an orphanage where their presents are locked away and they face a miserable Christmas - that is until the nutcracker comes to life and liberates everyone into a land of sugar and sweets, and a land of fairytale princes and princesses.
Matthew Bourne's witty choreography and the dancing of Scott Ambler (King Sherbert), Etta Murfitt (Clara), Arthur Pita (Knickerbocker Glory), and others, compliments the music of Tschaikovsky perfectly.
If you know the classic ballet of The Nutcracker, don't let this new interpretation put you off. It is very funny, and well put together. And it is different - proving that in dance there is room for all sorts of productions to exist together.
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