Festive magic of The Nutcracker

Karla Doorbar as Clara and Joseph Caley as the Prince. Picture: Roy Smiljanic

Karla Doorbar as Clara and Joseph Caley as the Prince. Picture: Roy Smiljanic

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A classic production which has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of theatre-goers returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome for the festive season to celebrate its silver anniversary.

In what has now become an annual tradition for many families and audiences, Sir Peter Wright’s production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker comes to the venue, where it will be performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet and run from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday December 13.

The sets and costumes of John F Macfarlane see magical creatures come to life, flurries of snow sweep across the stage and an unforgettable transformation sequence, all of which have helped make this production become widely regarded as one of the best in the world.

The Nutcracker tells the tale of young Clara and her Christmas gift of a nutcracker doll. When she sneaks downstairs to play with her doll, she is swept up in a fantastical journey to a magical land of toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies and of course her handsome prince.

There is a free pre-performance talk on Friday December 4 and Friday December 11.

Tickets range from £19 to £56.

Visit www.brb.org.uk or call 0121 245 3500 fpr tickets and more information.