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Review | The Nutcracker

By Lotte Pegler
The Nutcracker
Until December 31
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
023 9264 9000
newtheatreroyal.com

 

Few shows are as quintessentially Christmassy as the Nutcracker, and audiences were certainly impressed at the New Theatre Royal’s adaption of the classic.

 

Audiences join Clara, Caitlin Anderson, and her Nutcracker Prince, Shaun Mendum, on a captivating adventure through a magical winter wonderland.

 

With a number of surprise visits along the way, and an incredibly energetic Godfather Drossselmeyer, Kurt Kansley, the energy on stage is undoubtable.

 

The beautifully ornate backdrops truly set the scene for a perfect Christmas show. With swift changes, onlookers are able to fully immerse themselves in the various magical worlds.

 

As well as being obviously talented actors, the cast’s singing is what really stands out. Individually and together, the team are able to encompass what the Nutcracker is all about.

 

With underlying tones of feminism, with Clara’s strong independence, and a surprisingly humorous cast, thanks to a trio of mice and the perfect Sugar Plumb Fairy, Sarah-Faith Brown, all ages will be kept entertained.

 

Drifting away from its ballet routes, the Christmas family musical is presented by the same talented team who brought audiences last year their Peter Pan performance.

 

The Nutcracker is the theatre’s third in-house production since reopening in 2015, and is fast gaining a reputation for producing high quality performances.

 

The New Theatre Royal Portsmouth is a 160-year-old theatre and cultural champion, based in the heart of the UK’s only island city.

 

It is a national portfolio organisation, funde

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