ROH Captured Live: The Nutcracker

The McCarthy2hrs 15mins

Recorded in 2016, this special performance celebrated Peter Wright's 90th birthday, and will be broadcast with new features.


Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Original scenario: Marius Petipa
Production and scenario: Peter Wright
Designer: Julia Trevelyan Oman
Lighting designer: Mark Henderson
Production consultant: Roland John Wiley

Price: £12

ROH Captured Live: The Nutcracker Image
19 December

Peter Wright's interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov's 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky's sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright's choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet's original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker's life - so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy - and the Mouse King is defeated. In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances. The next morning, Clara's adventures seem to have been more than just a dream.


Thursday 19 December 2019, 2.45pm

Thursday 19 December 2019, 7.15pm

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