I was walking the dog along the river bank in Inverness this afternoon when I passed a large building which turned out to be the Eden Court centre which houses amongst other things a theatre. There were adverts for the last night of the Nutcracker suite.
I first saw this in 1993 I think it was with a then girlfriend who worked at the Newcastle on Tyne Empire Theatre. It was an appalling performance sadly.
Anyhow I popped in on the off chance and remarkably they had a cancellation so for £23 I got a front row ticket in the balcony. The perfect seats if you ask me.
What a brilliant, beautiful stunning performance. Magical sets, beautiful costumes, excellent dancing, faultless music and a great audience.
That’s pretty much what I really needed right now too so an excellent night right at the right time.
SCOTTISH BALLET – THE NUTCRACKER
Choreography: Peter Darrell, featuring original scenarios by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa
Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Original Philip Prowse designs reimagined by Lez Brotherston.
Crafted for Scottish Ballet by Peter Darrell, the company’s founding Artistic Director, a famous story teller and incredible dancemaker,
this Nutcracker will create magical memories for a new generation. Over forty years after its premier audiences once again have an opportunity to share this production with families and friends.
After a fun-filled Christmas party full of magic and celebrations, young Carla falls asleep and dreams that she helps the Nutcracker Prince to defeat an army of giant mice. She is rewarded by a visit to the glittering Land of Ice and Snow where snowflakes come to life, sparkling as they dance, then onwards to the magical Kingdom of Sweets – the enchanted Realm of the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.
Peter Darrell’s magical world of The Nutcracker has been reimagined by Olivier Award winning designer Lez Brotherston, adding sumptuous layers of plush Victoriana and traditional festive fare to the original 1973 production.
The Scottish Ballet Orchestra accompanies live, performing the world famous Tchaikovsky score.