Nutcracker provides festive fizz
The design is new but the Christmas spirit is intact
By Patrick Jackson for BBC News Online
Half ballet, half pantomime, all fun, English National Ballet's new Nutcracker breathes sweet new life into an old Christmas fairy-tale.
The cartoonist Gerald Scarfe has confectioned costumes and sets as charming and memorable as Tchaikovsky's music.
It is a production with all the spring of a jack-in-a-box, bringing a classic Russian work bang up to date with a modern British Christmas setting.
Maybe it could only take a ballet company and a cartoonist from England, land of the panto, to put some modern-day fizz back into Tchaikovsky?
The surreal mix which emerges is worthy of Alice in Wonderland. click for more