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REVIEW: The Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker on the New Victoria Theatre, Woking

This iconic Christmas delight for all of the household has arrived vibrant and early at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre and my goodness, what a scrumptious deal with it’s. The auditorium sparkles earlier than curtain up; titillating us with the delights to return as we meet younger Clara and her household celebrating Christmas. The arrival of a mysterious magician entrances the household and their occasion, superb all of them with unimaginable feats. He affords Clara the reward of a Nutcracker who on the stroke of midnight, brings to life as a good-looking prince who whisks her away to a land of sugar plum fairies, snowflakes and flowers who dance in her honour.

(Worry not, if you’re extra ballet-curious than a seasoned customer, the programme contains an in-depth clarification of all the pieces you’ll want to know of the story in all its glory.)

The Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker evokes such childlike pleasure you can’t assist however give up to its allure. All was merry and vibrant from the second it started to the ultimate curtain name. Whereas this can be a Christmas-themed ballet, it didn’t really feel misplaced in a November calendar and inspired me to give up to my wintery temper. As is the expectation for any ballet in my eyes, the units and costumes had been suitably spectacular and glitzy. The Snowflakes specifically had been simply stunning, additional enhanced by an expertly lit stage. The place of the rigging throughout the entrance corners of the stage confirmed off simply how a lot color was shining in Clara’s wonderland, and it was simple to enchant within the viewers too.


Tchaikovsky’s timeless music is magnificently performed all through by the orchestra who’re modestly tucked away within the pit under the stage. The stability was heavenly – showcasing the flutes, clarinet and oboe specifically to eargasmic ranges. It was great to listen to so many approving noises from the viewers when the actions of the ballet started which individuals had been shocked they knew. Iconic numbers like The Sugarplum Fairy, Waltz of The Flowers, Sweet Cane and The Chinese language Dance had been met with large applause.

There have been moments of wonderful comedy, completely interwoven with technical excellence executed by all within the firm. The ‘flossing’ King Mouse was exceptionally effectively acquired and never one thing I ever anticipated to see in a traditional ballet but it surely was very welcomed nonetheless! The French Dolls too had been vastly widespread and the speaking level of the interval. The youngsters from The Susan Robinson College of Ballet had been simply lovely and had the viewers cooing of their seats, notably throughout their flip as child mice.

In a corps de ballet with this a lot talent and experience, it’s noteworthy that each dancer was sensational, nevertheless, Rachael Gillespie leads this firm as Clara and blesses us along with her endearing efficiency. She is magnetic and welcoming; gracing the stage with an enormous presence, regardless of being so petite in stature.

I regressed to a childlike state of wonderment and pleasure at The Nutcracker. It’s merely a must-see for all of the household. It’s technically, bodily and emotionally good in each approach.

Evaluate by Harriet Langdown 

Ranking: ★★★★★

Seat: L5 | Worth of Ticket: £46.50



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