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Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker at Sadler's Wells

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker at Sadler's Wells

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Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker at Sadler's Wells

Matthew Bourne's company now goes under the name of New Adventures, but his production of Nutcracker which was first produced in 1992, is essentially the same. Bourne's witty take on this Christmas standard came to Sadler's Wells for the holiday season, where I saw it on 4 December.

There is every possible cliche to his Dickensian orphanage: the severity of Dr. Dross and Matron, who run it, their horrible pampered children, Sugar and Fritz, and the visitors for whom the orphans perform. Even the presents are locked in a cupboard at the end of the day at the same time as the sparse Christmas decorations are removed. This is a grey world in every sense.

Sugar gets a shock when she returns to steal Clara's present after lights out, and finds that the Nutcracker has come to life. The Nutcracker, who looks more like Barbie's friend Ken, jumps out of the cupboard to the delight of the orphans. …

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