Festive favourite The Nutcracker heads for Norwich

This winter, Northern Ballet’s enchanting festive favourite The Nutcracker returns to Norwich taking audiences on a sparkling adventure as one child’s Christmas dreams come true.

Choreographed by the company’s artistic director David Nixon OBE, this magical family ballet will be performed at Norwich Theatre Royal from November 21 to 24.

In the midst of a festive party, as the fire crackles and the pile of presents grows ever higher, Clara is caught up in the warmth and excitement of Christmas and becomes enthralled by her new Nutcracker doll.

But, as the clock strikes midnight, her Nutcracker proves to be no ordinary toy. After saving him from the wily Mouse King, Clara is whisked away on the magical journey of a lifetime through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy.

Re-imagined for 2018, this magical revival features some sparkling new costumes designed by David Nixon and is set to the famous Tchaikovsky score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, with stunning Regency-style sets by Charles Cusick Smith and lighting by Mark Jonathan.

David Nixon OBE, said: “The Nutcracker holds a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old and for many, is an important part of their Christmas tradition. I am delighted to bring our unique production out on tour once again, with new sparkling costumes for the first act, just to add that extra bit of freshness to the festive season for our audiences.”

Northern Ballet is also holding additional events at the theatre during its tour to Norwich. There will be a pre-performance talk on Wednesday, November 21, which will give an insight into the life of a touring ballet company revealing details about the sets, costumes, story and production.

This is followed on Thursday, November 22, by a Limelighters Over 50s Workshop which is a 90-minute gentle movement session taking place on the Theatre Royal stage with a warm-up and repertoire from The Nutcracker, all accompanied by a live pianist.

And in Northern Ballet Revealed, also on Thursday November 22, there will be a 30-minute talk followed by the chance to enter the auditorium and watch Company Class take place on stage.

For more information about additional events at the theatre, visit northernballet.com/nutcracker-events