The beloved family tradition Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Scotland’s national dance company returns this Christmas and New Year with the most beloved of all festive classics, The Nutcracker. Opening in Edinburgh, The Nutcracker will tour Scotland and the UK visiting Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle.

Devised by Scottish Ballet’s founder, Peter Darrell, and revived to widespread acclaim in 2014, The Nutcracker is renowned for its sumptuous costumes, striking chocolate box set and snowflakes galore. Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. .

Darrell’s production of The Nutcracker is unique in that the main character, Clara, is danced by a young girl performing alongside the Company’s 40 professional dancers. The cast will also include talented young dancers from Scottish Ballet’s Associates programme (for performances in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle) and Danscentre, Aberdeen (for performances in Aberdeen and Inverness).

These 35 (in total) lucky young dancers will gain the experience of a life-time working on stage with Scottish Ballet in this iconic classic. Over the past 40+ years, hundreds of children have participated in The Nutcracker’s magic, and many have since gone on to have inspiring careers including choreographer Michael Clark, actress Ruth Connell (Rowena MacLeod, Supernatural) and current Scottish Ballet Principal dancer Christopher Harrison.

CEO/Artistic Director, Chris Hampson said:

‘It is always a pleasure to bring Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker to the stage. This production has been at the heart of Scottish Ballet since the 1970’s and has been delighting generations for decades. ‘

Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker follows the magical story of a little girl, Clara, who on Christmas Eve is given an enchanted nutcracker doll. As she drifts off to sleep, we follow her into dreamland where the nutcracker doll transforms into a Prince and comes to life. He dances the iconic Pas de Deux with The Sugarplum Fairy and embarks upon a journey to the Land of Sweets where we meet the Snow Queen and experience tastes of the Middle East and Russia. Clara then returns home to awaken from her beautiful slumber, but was it just a dream..?

Running time: The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval

The Nutcracker UK Tour Dates and Times:

· 9-30 December 2017 – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
· 4-13 January 2018 – Theatre Royal, Glasgow
· 17-20 January 2018 – His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
· 24-27 January 2018 – Eden Court, Inverness
· 31 January – 3 February 2018 – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling

· Glasgow 4-7 April 2018
· Edinburgh 10-14 April 2018

More info and tickets: scottishballet.co.uk/event/the-nutcracker

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