‘Nutcracker’ season starts earlier than ever this year, but this sounds like it’s going to be a very different production of the festive ballet staple. In director-choreographer Drew McOnie’s production, Tchaikovsky’s score has been reimagined for a jazz band by Mercury-nominated musician Cassie Kinoshi. Even more audaciously, it’s staged in a pop-up jazz venue – the Tuff Nutt Jazz Club – that occupies the space under the Royal Festival Hall formerly claimed by the Spiritland restaurant and performance space.
Halloween is out the way and we are safely in the run-up to the festive season. But before London gets overrun with sickly decorations and hordes of Christmas shoppers, why not hit the theatre when things are a tiny bit less busy? There's a tonne of brilliant dance on stage this month, from a new work by BalletBoyz, to a jazz rendition of the Nutcracker, these are the dance shows you need to see this November.