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Author:  Joanne [ Thu Dec 05, 2002 3:20 am ]
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Review in The Telegraph.

It's the old man's wisdom that Wright brought to his telling of this ever-adjustable tale that moves me, even on an umpteenth viewing. He wraps his audience in a huge embrace, filling up their expectations, and is unfailingly attuned to the brilliant dramatic text that Tchaikovsky wrote in the score.


Author:  Emma Pegler [ Sat Dec 07, 2002 2:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: BRB's Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
By Allen Robertson
The Times

Birmingham Hippodrome

A SWAN glides across a nighttime sky with a young girl riding on its back. They are sailing off to dreamland, to the Kingdom of Sweets, where magic can happen and wishes do come true. This image is the heart of Peter Wright’s staging of The Nutcracker created for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990 and back once again at the Birmingham Hippodrome until December 14.

Author:  kurinuku [ Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: BRB's Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, Hippodrome, Birmingham

The Independent
December 09, 2004

There's a family feeling about Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker. The company doesn't take this spectacular production on tour: it's a Nutcracker for the home audience, dedicated to the City of Birmingham and tailored to the broad stage of the Hippodrome theatre. Performances are sold out, and the dancers look lively and at ease.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Dec 12, 2004 2:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: BRB's Nutcracker

Birmingham’s Nutcracker is superb.

By David Dougill for The Sunday Times

However often you see them, the superb theatrical effects of John F Macfarlane’s designs never pall. The transformation scenes are stunning, and there are two moments in particular that are guaranteed to produce gasps of admiration and delight: the battle scene, when King Rat bursts out of a smoking fireplace, and Clara’s flight to the magical kingdom on the back of an enormous snow goose. Credit is due also to John Wade, the magician who advised on Drosselmeyer’s nifty conjuring tricks.

Michael O’Hare makes a powerful figure of Drossel-meyer. Rachel Peppin dances fleetly as the teenage Clara, eager and charming.

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