Following a run at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! is about to begin a run at the Liverpool Empire and then returns to the Lowry in March to celebrate its 20th anniversary, as part of a national tour.
According to press material, “This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy.”
Nutcracker!, featuring Tchaikovsky’s legendary score, follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
Directed and choreographed by multi award-winner Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands, Cinderella), it is co-devised by Martin Duncan, with lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Paul Groothius.
Matthew Bourne said: "When our Nutcracker! premiered with Opera North at the Edinburgh Festival in 1992, none of us had any idea that it would still be around twenty years later. I remember my trepidation at approaching such a classic of the ballet repertoire, little knowing that one day it would become something of a classic in its own right.”
“It seems only right on this
occasion to thank my original collaborators, Martin Duncan and Anthony
Ward, for helping to create a story and a set of characters that have
become much loved throughout the UK, and of course Nicholas Payne, the
then director of Opera North, who took the gamble of commissioning a
very small, quirky young dance company to take on Tchaikovsky's glorious