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Popular Christmas ballet can be seen at Empire theatre

Popular Christmas ballet can be seen at Empire theatre

by Henry James (November 2019)

A BALLET which is always popular in the run up to Christmas can be seen at the Liverpool Empire this week.

The English National Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is opening at the venue this Wednesday and will be there until this Saturday (November 30).

The Nutcracker is considered to be one of the most popular and most often (staged) ballets in the world.

This production features more than 100 dancers and musicians who aim to bring the Nutcracker to life.

Audiences will be able to see beautiful dancing and sets and hear Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live. The score includes the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, which is one of the most famous numbers in The Nutcracker.

The ballet is set in Edwardian London on Christmas Eve on a frost-dusted evening. The main character Clara is given a Nutcracker as a present.

They enter into a journey together in a magical world and she battles against the Mouse King and comes across a handsome stranger.

Clara and her valiant Nutcracker then take a journey on a hot air balloon as the weather gets colder. 

They travel to the Land of Snow and see a puppet theatre spring to life with dancers from across the world.

The show is stopping off at the Liverpool Empire before it heads to the London Coliseum, where it is being staged over the Christmas period. It had sold out performances there in 2017 and 2018 when thousands of audience members of all ages went to see it during the festive season.

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