ENB: The Nutcracker

© Richard Haughton
As per Christmas tradition, English National Ballet performs 'The Nutcracker' in Wayne Eagling's 2010 production. Set in foggy Edwardian London, it's a far cry from the bright and buzzy versions that have been popular in recent years. In fact, it's all a little gloomy for our liking, with its scary rat army and shadowy puppet theatre. But it's still family-friendly fun and ENB has plenty of excellent dancers to make the movement sing. Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov dance the lead roles on opening night and ENB's artistic director Tamara Rojo and star principal Alina Cojocaru will appear later in the season.
Event phone: 020 7845 9300
Event website: http://www.eno.org

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Anna Grafitti

Haven't you always secretly wanted to be a ballet dancer? This show was just enchanting. As a ballet novice I was a little unsure about the £20 seats I had procured for ENB's The Nutcracker. The theatre alone is worth a visit with its spectacular ceilings and generous acoustics. This is certainly a show for everyone - young or old, boy or girl - even my older brother was impressed with the men in tights. While the seats were a little on the small side, it simply did not matter. The view was unobstructed and the performance was both festive, and jaw-dropping. If you didn't want to be a ballerina before - you will after.