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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! New Adventures

Music by Tchaikovsky
Reimagined for the 21st century

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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!

The sweetest of all Matthew Bourne’s Christmas treats returns to London for a limited season at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. It’s a Nutcracker! like no other, adored by critics and audiences alike. With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s.

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional Christmas favourite. Expect a sprinkling of delicious new surprises in this reinvented production for 2021.

Hailed by The Observer as “the undisputed king of dance theatre”, master storyteller Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures company have produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last two decades including The Red Shoes, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Edward Scissorhands and most recently his acclaimed reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.

Photo: Simon Annand

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A witty, wonderful, rip-roaring spectacular


The sweet treat we all deserve


As sumptuous and scrumptious as it has ever been


Lip-smackingly delicious




Utterly delicious – a dazzling extravaganza


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In this Sensory Introduction to Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, you’ll be introduced to some of the sets, costumes and props that feature in the production. Each photo or video clip will be accompanied by an audio description and some descriptions will be followed by the sound made by interacting with the object, to immerse you in the world of the show.

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