Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! is returning to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a limited run from 6 December 2011 to 22 January 2012, as part of a national tour.  

Christmas 2011 also marks another anniversary, as Bourne’s company New Adventures returns to Sadler’s Wells for its tenth consecutive festive season.

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 masterpiece."

The tour, which kicks off at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 5 November, will visit Cardiff, Stoke, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Woking, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Leicester, Wimbledon, Salford, Norwich, Bradford, Oxford, Bristol, Plymouth and Nottingham, with further dates and venues to be announced.