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Press Release: Sir Peter Wright's 'gift' Nutcracker to pass 500 performances with Birmingham Royal Ballet this Christmas

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Birmingham Royal Ballet -The Nutcracker
Christmas starts here…
Friday 25 November – Tuesday 13 December 2016

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs Sir Peter Wright’s magical production of The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome from 25 November to 13 December. Celebrating its 500th performance this season, this world-acclaimed production with its classic story, glorious dancing and instantly recognisable music, played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of theatregoers. It has become an annual tradition and, for many, it is true to say that Christmas starts here!

The Nutcracker was Sir Peter’s gift to the city of Birmingham in the year he led the Company from London to its new home at Birmingham Hippodrome. 26 successful years later, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Hippodrome are honoured that Sir Peter has chosen to join us for the opening night performance to celebrate his 90th birthday.

To watch our trailer and other short films visit brb.org.uk/Nutcracker-500

Production credits: Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon;
Production: Peter Wright; Designs: John F. Macfarlane; Lighting: David A. Finn.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Friday 25 November – Tuesday 13 December 2016
Tuesday – Saturday evenings 19.30, Tuesday and Thursday matinees 14.00, Friday 25 NovemberWednesday 7 December matinee 14.00, Saturday matinees 14.30
Tickets from: £19
www.birminghamhippodrome.com / 0844 338 5000
Additional events:
FREE pre-performance talk: Fridays 2 & 9 December, 18.30
Audio described performance: Saturday 26 November, 14.30 (Touch tour: 10.30)
Company class on stage (Tickets: £10): Saturday 26 November, 11.15
Audience open day (Free to matinee ticket holders): Saturday 26 November, 12.30 – 14.30

Principal dancers for the 2016 production of The Nutcracker are as follows:
Sugar Plum Fairy –  Momoko Hirata, Céline Gittens, Nao Sakuma, Delia Mathews, Arancha Baselga, Yvette Knight, Maureya Lebowitz, Yaoqian Shang, Yijing Zhang, Karla Doorbar, Miki Mizutani*, Samara Downs, Jenna Roberts
Clara - Arancha Baselga, Karla Doorbar, Miki Mizutani, Laura Day, Beatrice Parma*, Reina Fuchigami
Prince - Jamie Bond, Joseph Caley, Chi Cao, Mathias Dingman, César Morales, Tyrone Singleton,  Tzu-Chao Chou, Yasuo Atsuji, William Bracewell, Brandon Lawrence

*  Debut

Friday 25-Nov Matinee Shang / Bracewell / Mizutani 
Friday 25-Nov Evening Hirata / Caley / Doorbar
Saturday 26-Nov Matinee Sakuma / Cao / Parma Saturday 26-Nov
Evening Roberts / Singleton / Fuchigami
Sunday 27-Nov Matinee Gittens / Lawrence / Baselga
Tuesday 25-Nov Matinee Roberts / Singleton / Fuchigami
Tuesday 25-Nov Evening Shang / Bracewell / Mizutani
Wednesday 25-Nov Evening Hirata / Caley / Doorbar 
Thursday 01-Dec Matinee Gittens / Lawrence / Baselga
Thursday 01-Dec Evening Doorbar / Chou / Day
Friday 02-Dec Evening Sakuma / Cao / Parma
Saturday 03-Dec Matinee Knight / Atsuji / Fuchigami
Saturday 03-Dec Evening Mizutani / Morales / Day
Sunday 04-Dec Matinee Baselga / Dingman / Parma
Tuesday 06-Dec Matinee Doorbar / Chou / Day
Tuesday 06-Dec Evening Zhang / Singleton / Mizutani
Wednesday 07-Dec Matinee Downs / Bond / Doorbar
Wednesday 07-Dec Evening Baselga / Dingman / Parma
Thursday 08-Dec Matinee Mizutani / Morales / Day
Thursday 08-Dec Evening Knight / Atsuji / Fuchigami
Friday 09-Dec Evening Lebowitz / Dingman / Day
Saturday 10-Dec Matinee Mathews / Lawrence / Baselga
Saturday 10-Dec Evening Downs / Bond / Doorbar
Sunday 11-Dec Matinee Zhang / Singleton / Mizutani
Tuesday 13-Dec Matinee Lebowitz / Dingman / Day Tuesday
13-Dec Evening Mathews / Lawrence / Baselga
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