Monday, 25 February 2013

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! directed by Ross MacGibbon

Nutcracker! is Matthew Bourne’s deliciously witty and colourful version of the most traditional of Christmas ballets, with Tchaikovsky’s magical score at its heart. This box of treats is crammed full of his trademark saucy humour, inventiveness and a childlike sense of fun. Bourne’s Nutcracker-with-a-twist still follows the theme of growing up and first love – a coming of age story told through the dreams and nightmares of a young girl.

Matthew Bourne is one of the UK’s most innovative and popular choreographers. He has achieved world-wide success with his new versions of the classics, such as the ground-breaking Swan Lake, with its all-male swans, Cinderella and The Car Man. Last year, his Play Without Words for the Royal National Theatre received two Olivier Awards. He is the only British director to have won the Tony Award for Best Director and Best Choreographer of a Musical in the same year.

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