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Preview: The Nutcracker at Newcastle Theatre Royal

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The Nutcracker
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th November 2015
Elves and The Shoemaker
Friday 13th November 2015
Photo: Bill Cooper

This winter the ultimate family adventure comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal as Northern Ballet returns to the stage with the dazzling tale of one child’s Christmas dreams coming true, in festive season favourite The Nutcrackerfrom Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th November 2015.

Photo: Bill Cooper
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 and Clara is whisked away on the magical journey of a lifetime through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy.

Photo: Bill Cooper
Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker features choreography and beautiful costumes by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, stunning Regency style sets by Charles Cusick Smith and lighting by Mark Jonathan.

Photo: Bill Cooper
David Nixon OBE, said: “The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular classical ballets and holds a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old. We are delighted to once again revive this charming story and add that extra bit of sparkle to the festive season for audiences in Newcastle.”  

Photo: Bill Cooper
Northern Ballet will also stage a ballet specially aimed at children, when they perform Elves and The Shoemaker on Friday 13thNovember at 12 noon and 2pm. With an original score, composed by Philip Feeney, Elves and The Shoemaker follows the fantastic sell-out success of Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs by Northern Ballet.

Photo: Bill Cooper
Choreography, Direction & Costume Design David Nixon OBE
Set DesignCharles Cusick Smith
Lighting DesignMark Jonathan
MusicPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music DirectorJohn Pryce-Jones
Reduced Orchestration John Longstaff
Played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia

The Nutcracker is at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 10thto Saturday 14th November 2015, playing evenings at 7.30pm, matinees Thurs 2pm and Sat 2.30pm.
Tickets from £14.50 (save 50p per ticket online).
Elves and The Shoemaker plays on Friday 13th November 2015 at 12 noonand 2pm. Tickets £8 adults and £6 children.
All tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at  

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