Set in the early 1900s, the story revolves around a young girl called Clara, who goes on an adventure after a Christmas family party. She ends up being shrunk under the tree to battle dancing rats and meet a cavalcade of characters from various lands.
Rats and fairies make The Nutcracker fun for all the family
The show is full of intricate costume and set detailing, plus wonderful special effects like a flying goose, that all manage to transport audiences of all ages to faraway worlds with king rats, princes and even a sugar plum fairy.
I have seen this ballet several times and it always manages to thrill me. That's because this ballet is the creme de la creme of Christmas dance shows and will leave all ages feeling uplifted and spirited away into a dream.
Dreamy scenes in The Nutcracker
It's also a perfect introduction to ballet for those who haven't been before or are younger members of the audience.