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The Nutcracker

Royal Albert Hall, London


An all-new staging of a festive favourite

Once again, Birmingham Royal Ballet bring their version of this festive favourite to the Royal Albert Hall. The Nutcracker, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, proved the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

We join Clara in the Victorian setting of her family home. As midnight strikes, the Christmas tree grows and grows, and Clara’s nutcracker doll and his army of toy soldiers come to life. Clara is swept away through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Created especially for the Royal Albert Hall, this spectacular new staging featured Simon Callow as the voice of Clara’s mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer. 59 Productions provided projection design to complement Dick Bird’s set design, conjuring up a spellbinding fantasy world, in which Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 70 superb dancers and a full symphony orchestra wove their magic.

Opened 2018

Royal Albert Hall, London


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Peter Wright
Lev Ivanov
Vincent Redmon

Set Design
Dick Bird

Projection Design
59 Productions

Lighting Design
Peter Teigen

Sound Design
Bobby Aitken

59 Team

Project Director
Leo Warner

Ollie Hester

Creative Associate
Akhila Krishnan

Senior Motion Designer
Nicol Scott

Technical Associate
Maximilien Spielbichler

Gareth Damian Martin
Jarek Radecki
Chris Stoneman
Lawrence Watson

Architectural Assistant
Marzio Scottoni

Design Assistant
Matthew Taylor

Design Intern
Felix Green