PREVIEW – Nutcracker, Theatre Royal

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THE legendary king of dance theatre Matthew Bourne is back in the region next week with one of his all-time classic shows.

A fresh interpretation of the Tchaikovsky classic, it arrives at the Theatre Royal Newcastle as part of its 20th anniversary tour.

The much-loved show follows hot on the heels of last year’s hugely successful production of Cinderella, which was a big hit with North East audiences and has now played over 200 performances and been seen by over 240,000 people internationally.

Nutcracker is a theatrical feast with family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. It follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr Dross’ Orphanage, through a ice-skating winter wonderland to the candy kingdom of Sweetieland.

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delicious sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite.

Matthew Bourne is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer/director. He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Returning to Bourne’s company New Adventures in the role of Clara’ is Hannah Vassallo, who has recently completed two years in the west end production of Dirty Dancing playing the leading role of Baby.

Nutcracker will be played by Chris Trenfield (the swan in Swan Lake).

Tickets are £12.00 - £37.50 from tel. 08448 11 21 21.