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Follow Classic FM's guide to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, a festive favourite that remains his most endearing and best-loved ballet
As with many of the great ballets, there have been, and continue to be, different interpretations of The Nutcracker. Matthew Bourne turned his magic to the much-loved ballet and his bright and brilliant interruption was an instant hit. Bourne’s reinvention moves the story from the Stahlbaum’s grand house to Dr Dross’ orphanage where Clara is whisked away from her bleak and lonely life to Sweetie land.
Pictured: Dancers perform Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker at Sadlers Wells, London, 2007.
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