The Nutcracker

Dance, Ballet
The Nutcracker on stage
Photograph: Jeff Busby

Time Out says

The most magical ballet of them all is returning to the Opera House

The Australian Ballet is ending its 2019 season with a special Christmas treat – this beloved classic production of The Nutcracker.

The company's artistic director, David McAllister says he first saw Peter Wright’s production, originally made for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, in the early 1990s, and considers it one of the best Nutcrackers he’s ever seen. (And he has seen a lot of Nutcrackers.)

“The transformation scene is just magical,” he says. “I remember the first time I saw it, I couldn’t work out how they made the tree grow and take over the entire stage.”

“It’s timeless. And I like to say: every four years there’s a new bunch of four year olds who need to come and see The Nutcracker, which is why it’s usually about four years between drinks for us.”

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