Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Nutcracker - Snowflakes on tour

Hello everyone,

Just back from the most wonderful final rehearsals for Ballet Theatre UK's new production of The Nutcracker.  I will bring you much more later, but for now I only have time to tell you how magical it's going to be.  Have a look at some of the costume designs.

The dancers have worked their legwarmers off over the last two weeks, picking up the steps incredibly quickly and coming together as a new Company. They are touring all over the UK and although some venues have now sold out, there are still some tickets at some theatres - so please don't miss out !

The details are :

Oct 24 Loughborough Town Hall 2.30pm 7.30pm 01509 231914

Oct 27 Paignton The Palace Theatre 7.30pm 01803 665800

Oct 28 Exeter Barnfield Theatre 2.30pm 7.30pm 01392 270891

Oct 31 Redhill Harlequin Theatre 2.30pm, 7.30pm 01737 276 500

Nov 1 Sevenoaks The Stag Theatre 2.30pm, 5.30pm 01732 450175

Nov 3 Nottingham Arts Theatre 2.30pm, 7.30pm 0115 9476069

Nov 7 Andover The Lights 2.30pm, 7.00pm 01264 368368

Nov 12 Tamworth Assembly Rooms 7.30pm 01827 709618

Nov 13 Solihull Arts Complex 7.30pm 0121 7046962

Nov 15 York Joseph Rowntree Theatre 5.00pm 01904 623568

Nov 19 Wimborne Tivoli Theatre 7.30pm 01202 885566

Nov 21 East Grinstead Chequer Mead 2.30pm, 7.30pm 01342 302000

Nov 26-28th Newbury Arlington Arts 7pm, 7pm, 2pm, 7pm 01635 244246

Nov 29 Nuneaton Abbey Theatre 2.00pm, 5.00pm 07722 389943

Dec 5 Powys Wyeside Arts Centre 7.30pm 01982 552555

Dec 6 Harlech Theatr Harlech 7.30pm 01766 780667

Dec 10 Milton Keynes Theatre Stantonbury Campus 7.30pm 01908 324422

Dec 11 Henley-on-Thames Kenton Theatre 7.30pm 01491 575698

Dec 19 Hinckley Concordia Theatre 2.30pm, 7.30pm 07910 707825
The new choreography brings the story right up to date - there is a house but it's not Victorian this time - and the costumes are more modern.  The highlights are all there as the music swirls you along to Christmas....

If the Company can sparkle and dazzle and tell the story so vividly in the rehearsal room, with no props, sets, costumes or lighting, you can be sure you are in for a special treat which is why I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about these few shows. 
Stay tuned !


  1. The Nutcracker must be so different without that Victorian feel to it, but from what you describe, just as wonderful! I can't wait to see some pictures!!! Hugs, Paulette =D

  2. I danced for years in a regional ballet company in Upstate NY. I was always a snowflake. This takes me back.


  3. i just wanted to thank you for the nice comment you left me a while back. sorry it took me forever and 18 years to get back to you but i just wnted to let you know that your comment really made my day, so thanks so much :)

  4. those are such beautiful designs :)

  5. These costumes are amazing! I have always wanted to dance in the Nutcracker! Thanks for sharing the costumes and I look forward to reading more about the new production! :)

  6. you have a wonderful interesting page,i am really looking forward to watching and supporting ballet theatre uk as my daughter natalie is in the company,a very proud mum who cant wait!!!

  7. Aren't these costume designs splendid? Elise, you definitely had a great time watching the final rehearsals. All your readers are staying tuned for more...

  8. oh what marvelous costumes. Thanks for sharing. Sandi

  9. These gorgeous costumes have really peaked my interest as to what's to come. Can't wait for your review.


  10. beedeebabee - well, it still has the same Christmas feel to it, which is what you want from The Nutcracker

    Chemin des Muguets - lucky you ! Did you get to keep the costumes ?

    missbmckay - you are most welcome !

    Couture Cookie - aren't they just ? Some of them catch the light perfectly and add to the magic..

    Makeup By Megan - ha ha ! Good that you are feeling better - sometimes it takes me forever and 18 years to get back to people - it's the though that counts !

    AudreyAllure - yes, a lot of thought has gone into them; designing ballet costumes is no easy task as you'll know if you've read any of my interviews !

    Maria - thank you - and I hope you are going to one of the shows ?

    lynne - lovely to hear from you. Natalie didn't put a foot wrong on any of the occassions I've seen her so you are in for a treat !

    The Caffeinated Globe - that's lovely to hear, thank you ! I will do my best...

    French-Kissed - good to hear, thank you

    CelticWoman - thank you


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