The Nutcracker: A Christmas Fairytale Review
An evening full of intrigue, excitement and magic at the New Vic Theatre for The Nutcracker: A Christmas Fairytale – Review by Sonya Farrall.
This adaptation instantly draws in the audience in a setting which not only feels like home – but is full of life.
It’s the magical moment in-between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day where we set off with Marie as she embarks on a journey with the Nutcracker Prince to the Kingdom of the Sweets at the top of the Christmas Tree – which springs into life itself during an amazing transformation.
The mission is to break an enchanted spell and put an end to the evil Mouse Queen’s hold over the Kingdom.
Along the way you cannot help but to be mesmerised by the Festive toys which come to life, including a ballerina, rag doll and gingerbread characters – not forgetting a snowy scene which just adds to the festivities shared.
Kaitlin Howard plays the perfect Christmas villain as The Mouse Queen who is hot on the heels of the Nutcracker and Marie (Franky Attard) in an attempt to find the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The mechanical movements by Edwin Cheng as the wooden Nutcracker are superbly done and with Marie’s delightful presence an epic tale is delivered in true style.
Maeve Nolan dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy is done with elegance and perfection and the live music throughout all helps to infuse the Christmas spirit.
Humour does shine through, especially in one scene where the archduke of after mints is introduced to the audience and a liquorice prison again all adds to the treats on offer.
The Nutcracker really is a Christmas fairytale not to be missed. Allow yourself to be transported into a truly magical world where stories and experiences are shared and stay with you as you leave the theatre.
The Nutcracker: A Christmas Fairytale is at the New Vic Theatre until 27 January 2024. Click HERE for more details.
(All images Andrew Billington.)