Review: The Nutcracker, Lyceum

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Just when Christmas seemed to be over, we were taken back there, courtesy of Moscow City Ballet (it was actually the Russian Orthodox Christmas this week, too).

The traditional festive show is always a big favourite, although the idea of a godfather whisking a little girl off to a magical land where he vies with a prince for the chance to dance with her is frankly quite creepy these days.

The first half, set in a Christmas party where the goddaughter Clara gets a nutcracker doll which then becomes a giant magical moving toy, along with a doll and a Mouse King toy, became a bit repetitive.

The dancing by the corps members playing the children also looked a little messy at times. The lovely movement by the giant girl doll in particular gave a glimpse of better things to come after the interval.

The second half of the show was delightful. The vignettes by the Spanish, Chinese and Russian dancers and the Sugar Plum and flower fairies showed off the incredible skills of the dancers.

Clara and her Nutcracker Prince also danced wonderfully well to Tchaikovsky’s lovely score.