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Nutcracker Delights

24 December 2020 — 23 January 2021
75 minutes
A Christmas gift from English National Ballet, specially filmed for this festive season.

As a gift to its audiences this Christmas, English National Ballet will make a recorded performance of Nutcracker Delights available to watch for free on our YouTube channel and Facebook page, from 2pm Thursday 24 December, for 30 days.

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As London moved into Tier 4 COVID-19 restrictions with the subsequent cancellation of all scheduled performances of Nutcracker Delights, the Company decided to film and share a recording of this specially-adapted production with its audience as a thank you at the close of its 70th Anniversary year. Nutcracker Delights was filmed on 18 and 19 December at the London Coliseum by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt.

View the Nutcracker Delights digital programme here

CAST

Clara
Natascha Mair

Sugar Plum
Erina Takahashi

Prince
Joseph Caley

Nutcracker Doll
Aitor Arrieta

Drosselmeyer
James Streeter

Mouse King
Daniel Kraus

Lead Snowflakes
Precious Adams
Alison McWhinney

Snowflakes
Claire Barrett
Paige Bestington
Rebecca Blenkinsop
Georgia Bould
Ivana Bueno
Emilia Cadorin
Julia Conway
Breanna Foad
Carolyne Galvao
Chloe Keneally
Sarah Kundi
Emily Suzuki

Spanish
Ivana Bueno
Jung ah Choi
Daniel McCormick

Chinese
Carolyne Galvao
Miguel Angel Maidana
Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Russian
Breanna Foad
Ken Saruhashi
Alicia Townsend

Lead Flowers
Precious Adams
Alison McWhinney
Matthew Astley
Skyler Martin

Flowers
Claire Barrett
Rebecca Blenkinsop
Emilia Cadorin
Julia Conway
Giorgio Garrett
Kevin Hale
Thomas Holdsworth
Sarah Kundi
Van Le Ngoc
Victor Prigent
Eric Snyder
Emily Suzuki

Animated film
Animation by MediaNerd Ltd
Illustrator: Ain Vares
Creative Director: Villu Vares
Producer: Jonathan Horne
Animation: William Brown, Jason Folwer, Gui Jorge, Villu Vares
Narrated by Simon Callow

Watch on YouTube

MEET THE PRINCIPAL CAST

Natascha Mair

Clara

Erina Takahashi

Sugar Plum Fairy

Joseph Caley

Prince

Aitor Arrieta

Nutcracker

Creative Team

Wayne Eagling

Choreography

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Music

Gavin Sutherland

Reduced Orchestration

Peter Farmer

Design

David Richardson

Lighting Design

Synopsis

Nutcracker Delights is a special adaptation for 2020: it comprises a sparkling selection of divertissements from Eagling’s festive favourite, all set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score, in a new orchestration by Gavin Sutherland.

The performance runs for 75 minutes and will include the following scenes:

  • Introduction to the story — animated film
  • Nutcracker doll and Clara pas de deux
  • Snowflakes
  • Hot air balloon adventure
  • Nutcracker, Clara and Drosselmeyer pas de trois
  • Spanish dance
  • Russian dance
  • Chinese dance
  • Flowers
  • Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince pas de deux
  • Coda
  • Finale