This Christmas, the New Vic Theatre will put its own magical spin on the classic story of The Nutcracker in a festive family production from Friday 17 November 2023 to Saturday 27 January 2024.
Bringing this much-loved tale to life in The Nutcracker: A Christmas Fairytale is a cast that includes Franky Attard (Doctor Who, BBC, Dick Whittington, Spillers Pantomimes) as Marie/Ensemble, Edwin Cheng (Romeo and Juliet, New Adventures) as Nutcracker Prince/Ensemble, Clara Darcy (Brassed Off, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, New Vic) as Lemon Meringue Mayor/Bonbonviller/Snowflake/Ensemble, Matthew Ganley (The Great Gatsby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grosvenor Open Air Theatre Chester, Alice in Wonderland, New Vic) as King Konstantin/Father/Ensemble, Austin Garrett (The Barricade Boys, Sisco Entertainment, Grease, European tour) as Escaping Citizen/Teddy/Bonbonviller/Ensemble, Amy Harrison (Snow White, Crewe Lyceum, Tempo Di Polacca, Dance of Deity, Elmhurst Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Rep), as Rag Doll/Snowflake/Bonbonviller/Ensemble, Kaitlin Howard (Encore, Oldham Coliseum, Treasure Island, Birmingham Rep) as Mausrink the Mouse Queen/Ensemble, Abigail Middleton (Vernons Girls, Royal Court, A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare North Playhouse) as Fritz/Ensemble, Maeve Nolan (Cinderella, Giselle, English National Ballet) as Sugar Plum Fairy/Ensemble, Adam Scotland (Hollyoaks, Channel 4, Magical Merlin, Fortune Theatre, West End) as Glace Cherry Guard/Ensemble, Kate Spencer (Coronation Street, ITV, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, UK Tour/Harold Pinter Theatre, West End) as Nastasia/Queen Clementina/Ensemble, and Peter Watts (Alice in Wonderland, New Vic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nottingham Playhouse) as Drosselmeyer/Ensemble. They will be joined by musicians Leila Marshall on Flute/Piccolo, Benjamin Pinto on Clarinet, and Farhaan Shah as Show Musical Director and on the Violin.
New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins said: “It’s been a joy adapting this much-loved ballet into a play which I hope will capture the imaginations of every generation this Christmas. I discovered so many new things about this story which I think will surprise and enthral audiences. We also welcome many new faces to the New Vic as part of this cast which is exciting. The music from James Atherton is guaranteed to be enchanting, seamlessly woven together with Tchaikovsky’s iconic music that we all know and love. I can’t wait to get cracking on this ambitious production, which could be possibly the most Christmassy show we’ve ever done!”
Audiences will join Marie and the charming Nutcracker Prince on an enchanting journey through a land of sugar-spun snowflakes to find themselves in the Kingdom of Sweets, a mystical realm where toys come to life. Can Marie help end a long feud between the Mouse Queen and the inhabitants of the Kingdom to break the sacred spell? Or is it all just a dream…
Adapted and directed by New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins (Marvellous, Alice In Wonderland, UK Theatre Awards Best Show for Children and Young People 2017 The Snow Queen, and Olivier Award-winning The Worst Witch, West End), with music adapted and directed by James Atherton (Alice in Wonderland, The Snow Queen, Coppelia – A Mystery) and realised by the resident creative team behind all your favourite New Vic shows of recent years, The Nutcracker: A Christmas Fairytale will sparkle with beautiful music and dance, delightful storytelling and magical surprises.
The Nutcracker: A Christmas Fairytale takes to the stage at the New Vic from Friday 17 November 2023 to Saturday 27 January 2024. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £10.00. For more information and to book call the Box Office on 01782 717962 or purchase them online at newvictheatre.org.uk.