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The Nutcracker by Birmingham Royal Ballet

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Magical Christmas Ballet Is Perfect Day Out For Families
Enchanting audiences into the Christmas spirit with snow, giant rats and magnificent dancing is a ballet production of The Nutcracker like no other.

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Nutcracker, David Bintley, Sir Peter Wright, Christmas shows, Nao Sakuma
The Nutcracker is a dream of a show in the run up to Christmas


Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) has received acclaim for its extravagant show, choreographed by Sir Peter Wright, that has become a firm favourite with Birmingham families.

Returning to Birmingham Hippodrome in 2016, The Nutcracker will be performed by BRB dancers from November 25 until December 13.

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.

BRB, Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Christmas shows, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sir Peter Wright
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.

BRB, Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Christmas shows, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sir Peter Wright
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.

You can also read Weekend Notes Birmingham's top 10 shows at Christmas in Birmingham.

The Nutcracker
Birmingham Hippodrome
November 25 - December 13, 2016

Tickets cost from £19 by calling 0844 338 5000 or from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

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Why? See a magical ballet at Christmas
When: November 25 - December 13, 2016
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: Tickets from £19
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