Relive festive magic with The Nutcracker

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Relive the Christmas magic with an encore screening of the Royal Opera House’s The Nutcracker at Alnwick Playhouse this weekend.

See the ballet, as it was performed live, at 2pm on Saturday.

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.

After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming, but doesn’t she recognise Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker.

The ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs.

Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince.

Book tickets online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or call the Playhouse on 01665 510785.