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A Christmas cracker by a star Company

Northern Ballet brings to life everyone’s favourite Christmas story with the revival of one of the Company’s most loved productions, The Nutcracker at the Grand Theatre, Leeds from Tuesday 18 – Sunday 30 December 2012.

The Nutcracker is a seasonal favourite told in a traditional way. Amidst the Christmas commotion the fire crackles and the pile of presents grows ever higher. As the clock strikes midnight Clara’s Nutcracker doll proves to be no ordinary toy. Clara is swept away by her Nutcracker prince into a magical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy.

David Nixon, OBE, has set his version in the Regency period. The festivities of the season are captured by Charles Cusick Smith’s beautiful set designs, David Nixon’s vivid costumes, and Mark Jonathan’s lighting. The score is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by John Longstaff and performed live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favourite ballets and has delighted audiences, young and old, for over 100 years. The perfect introduction to classical ballet, The Nutcracker has something for everyone, from the land of the snow, to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; it awakens childlike imagination in everyone.

David Nixon says, “People like to return to ‘The Nutcracker’ because it reminds them of childhood and that magical time when your dreams can become reality.”



Venue: Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ

Dates: Tuesday 18 December – Saturday 30 December 2012

Performances: Evenings – 7pm, Matinees: Thurs & Sat, 2pm & Sun, 4pm.

Tickets: £10 - £39.50 (Concessions and group rates available) Friends of Northern Ballet £5 off

Box Office: 0844 848 2700


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