The Nutcracker @ The Lowry
By Robert Beale for Manchester online
ONE thing the Lowry has got right in bringing over the Latvian National Ballet for their second visit this year is the timing. The Nutcracker just has to be the ideal Christmas ballet, and it's here for nearly two weeks.
Whereas their first trip offered the comparative rarity of La Sylphide, this time the question was how their version of the old favourite would compare with all the others.
Every ballet director or producer likes to put a personal stamp on The Nutcracker, and since there is really no such thing as an authentic version, they all have a pretty free hand.
This one keeps it firmly in the 19th century, which is where it began and where, I think, its magic lies. The sets are simple by comparison with some UK versions, but probably as good as we have a right to expect when they must be shipped across the Channel to get here. The costumes are sumptuous and striking, and the lighting effective enough. click for more