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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (San Francisco Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (San Francisco Ballet)

Damian Smith (Drosselmeyer); Elizabeth Powell (Clara Stahlbaum); Davit Karapetyan (Nutcracker); David Arce (King of the Mice); Yuan Yuan Tan (Queen of Snow); Vanessa Zahorian (Sugar Plum Fairy);

"The opulent new version of the seasonal classic, launched spectacularly by the San Francisco Ballet, is every parent’s dream of a holiday treat. It looks scrumptious, tastes delicious, offers substantial nourishment and won’t cause cavities." (San Francisco Examiner)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Anthony Dowell (Drosselmeyer); Alina Cojocaru (Clara Stahlbaum); Ivan Putrov (Nutcracker/Hans-Peter); Miyako Yoshida (Sugar Plum Fairy); Jonathon Cope (Sugar Plum Fairy's Prince);

"Peter Wright's production is gloriously traditional, brilliantly choreographed, lavishly spectacular...The camera is always in the right place and Tchaikovsky's miraculously inspired score, of which one never tires, is marvellously played..." (The Penguin Guide)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy); Steven McRae (The Prince); Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer); Iohna Loots (Clara); Ricardo Cervera (Nephew / Nutcracker);

"All in all a fine performance of a justified favourite is given the presentation it deserves." (Musicweb International)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Lauren Cuthbertson (The Sugar Plum Fairy); Federico Bonelli (The Prince); Francesca Hayward (Clara); Alexander Campbell (Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker); Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer);

"fresh and reinvigorated - Nutcrackers come and Nutcrackers go but the Royal Ballet's version is a hardy perennial. Peter Wright's version of Lev Ivanov's original 1892 ballet has undergone changes since its debut in 1984 but it remains the one by which all others must be judged." (The Stage ★★★★★)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Dutch National Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Dutch National Ballet)

Sofiane Sylve (Aurora); Gaël Lambiotte (Prince Siegfried);

"Nobility and refinement in a unique production...With it’s lush sets and costumes, and the gold covered glittering castle, The Sleeping Beauty is still the most beautiful thing ever to appear on Dutch stages." (NRC Handelsblad)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)

Marianela Nuñez (Princess Aurora); Vadim Muntagirov (Prince Florimund); Kristen McNally (Carabosse); Claire Calvert (Lilac Fairy); Christopher Saunders (King Florestan XXIV); Elizabeth McGorian (The Queen); Alastair Marriott (Cattalabutte);

"Tchaikovsky's most majestic ballet gets the royal treatment - With contributions from no fewer than four choreographers the Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty certainly gives you more bang for your bucks. Marius Petipa's original work has been augmented in such a way by Frederick Ashton, Christopher Wheeldon and Anthony Dowell that it seems made of whole cloth. Similarly, Oliver Messel's designs – towering arches, fairytale forests – have been deliciously heightened by Peter Farmer to the point of timelessness. The costumes never fail to amaze, reflecting three different eras with the exception of the Master of Ceremonies who remains above – or beneath - fashion." (The Stage ★★★★★)