The choreographer reflects what makes his classic Royal Ballet production so magical, more than three decades after its premiere.
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
- Peter Wright
after Lev Ivanov
- Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
- Original scenario
- Marius Petipa
- Production and scenario
- Peter Wright
- Julia Trevelyan Oman
- Lighting designer
- Mark Henderson
- Production consultant
- Roland John Wiley
- Performed by
- The Royal Ballet
The Nutcracker Digital Programme
Digital Programmes bring together a range of specially selected films, audio clips, pictures, articles, features, news and information, as well as exclusives and updates, and highlights from the Royal Opera House website, YouTube, SoundCloud and Flickr pages. Features are added as the performances approach, to enhance your experience of a production.
Cast sheets will be available here soon.
News and features
Each and every time it returns, the cast and creative team work tirelessly to ensure that Peter Wright's classic ballet is up to the Company's supremely high standards.
The audience react to this festive ballet as it returns to cinemas across the world in Sir Peter Wright's 90th birthday year.
To find out more visit the The Nutcracker production page.