Bristol Old Vic – until 7th January 2023
Reviewed by Lucy Hitchcock
Tom Morris and Lee Lyford have reimagined the classic ballet, The Nutcracker and brought it into the 21st century!
Headed by Mae Mundo as the plucky young girl ‘Claire’ desperate to help the Nutcracker (Denzel Baidoo) escape his prison. This is an immaculate piece, with some really catchy songs and interesting dances, but almost pantomime-esque! The songs were performed beautifully, perfectly accompanied by onstage MD and Queen Mouse Gwyneth Herbert, making for a special show.
The cast were great and really told the story, encapsulating the audience and minds of the children, but the stand out performance for me was Gwyneth Herbert. She had, what was easily, the most challenging songs in the show but performed the with ease and had a real depth to her voice. It was a delight to watch her revel in the role.
The staging was superb, using every aspect of the stage to its full potential-it was also a delight to see the band playing onstage in accompaniment. Guy Hughes deserves a special mention for his portrayal of curly-pearly-he donned a dress with ease and rocked it!!
This is the ultimate feel good show and introduces children to the world of ballet in a modern way. Definitely not one to miss!!!