"The Nutcracker". Photo: © Jeff Busby.
The Nutcracker at Sydney Opera House
The childlike joys of the holiday season come early this year, as Australian Ballet presents a dreamlike, candy-coloured production of the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker”. But this isn’t just any production of the Tchaikovsky classic. Widely known as the composer’s last great score for ballet, the story follows Clara, a young ballet student celebrating with her family on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve, the real world is replaced with dream as Clara is whisked away to the Land of Sweets and into the arms of the Nutcracker Prince. Artistic director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Peter Wright, has been engaged to bring his gold standard to Sydney for this limited season production, complete with the original lively motifs and breathtaking new costumes by designer John F Macfarlane.