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A Magical Journey through Time

The Nutcracker - A Christmas Fairytale

Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins

With music adapted and directed by James Atherton

Photo credit - Andrew Billington

Review by David Bithell

Step into the enchanting world of The Nutcracker at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme, where fairytale meets dance in a mesmerizing performance that will leave you spellbound.

From the moment the play begins, the stage becomes alive with vibrant colors, extraordinary sets, and costumes that transport you straight into Marie's dreamy adventure. Theresa Heskins has again delivered in bringing this timeless classic to life, capturing the essence and magic of Tchaikovsky's renowned ballet.

The set design is a feast for the eyes, evoking a sense of wonder and imagination. Each scene is meticulously crafted, seamlessly transitioning from Marie's living room adorned with twinkling Christmas lights to the mystical Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns supreme. The attention to detail in every set piece transports the audience into a different world with each new scene.

The intricate costumes add an extra layer of allure to the production. From the soldiers' dazzling uniforms to the doll and fairy outfits, the costumes capture the spirit and essence of the characters flawlessly. It is evident that much thought and creativity went into every design, further enhancing the visual impact of the performance.

The lighting and sound design deserve commendation as well. The atmospheric lighting perfectly complements each scene, enhancing the mood and bringing an extra layer of depth to the production. The expertly selected music beautifully accompanies the dancers, immersing the audience in the captivating rhythms of Tchaikovsky.

The New Vic Theatre's rendition of The Nutcracker is a captivating experience that transcends age and time. Whether you are a fan of ballet, a lover of Christmas traditions, or simply seeking a magical escape, this production has achieved the perfect balance of beauty, creativity, and holiday spirit.

Even a young member of the audience fell under the spell of the magic of what we witnessed.

With an exceptional level of talent on display and a seamless amalgamation of visuals, choreography, and design, The Nutcracker at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme will leave you with a sense of awe and wonder, and memories that will last long.

A must see this festive time and Theresa showing us again her creativity and superb directorship.

The Nutcracker- A Christmas Fairytale is at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme until Saturday 27th January.

For tickets call the box office on 01782717962 or by going to

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