Moscow Ballet bring Nutcracker to The HexagonBy Caroline Cook
November 08, 2012
Toy ballerinas and wooden soldiers will be brought to life with the twirl of a tutu when the Moscow Ballet arrives in Reading.
The acclaimed Russian ballet company is leaping into The Hexagon next week for a magical festive performance of The Nutcracker.
Tchaikovsky’s popular ballet begins on Christmas Eve when Clara and her family are gathered to decorate the Christmas tree.
As they hang paper lanterns and twinkling fairy lights, Clara’s godfather arrives, bringing presents for the young girl and her brother Fritz.
Among them is a beautiful wooden nutcracker which Clara immediately takes a liking to.
At first the other children ignore the wooden toy but, seeing his sister’s attachment, Fritz breaks the soldier.
A heartbroken Clara creeps downstairs after the house has gone to bed, to see if she can repair her beloved nutcracker.
But what she finds is a dazzling scene which is far beyond her wildest dreams.
The Nutcracker was first performed in St Petersburg in 1892 but was not a great success until the 1960s, when it was performed again to great acclaim.
The story became one of the most popular ballets and is regularly performed at Christmas, with adults and children alike being enchanted by the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Land of Sweets.
Moscow Ballet has been touring the production for 19 years, travelling across America and Canada as well as Europe.
With glittering costumes, a colourful set filled with painted Christmas trees, and some of the most talented dancers in the world, audiences will be enthralled when they join Clara and discover the wonderful world of The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is at The Hexagon on Tuesday, November 13. Call 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com