Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury
Critically acclaimed, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! returns to New Wimbledon Theatre on 13th March to celebrate its 20th anniversary for one week only. It is renowned for being one of the most popular dance productions ever staged in the UK and, after an extremely successful run at Sadler's Wells, this spectacular production is back with a fantastic cast, Tchaikovsky's glorious score, Antony Ward's dazzling sets and costumes combined with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite.
'Witty and Wonderful'
'Devilishly clever imaginative wit – this Nutcracker cannot be faulted'
'Utterly delicious – a dazzling extravaganza'
Returning to New Adventures in the role of 'Clara' is Hannah Vassallo, who has recently completed two years in the West End production of Dirty Dancing playing the leading role of 'Baby'. 'Nutcracker!' will be played by Chris Trenfield ('The Swan' in Swan Lake), Adam Maskell ('The Angel' in Cinderella) and Edwin Ray ('The Pilot' in Cinderella). 'Sugar' will be performed by Ashley Shaw, Sophia Hurdley and Chloe Wilkinson (all from the recent hit production of Cinderella) whilst her brother, 'Fritz' will be played by New Adventures favourite Dominic North (a record-breaking 7 different productions with New Adventures since his debut in 2004) and Daniel Collins (Cinderella).
This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne's trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. Nutcracker! Follows Clara's bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr.Dross' Orphanage, through a shimmering ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
Described by The Observer as 'the undisputed king of dance theatre', Matthew Bourne's company New Adventures has produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last two decades including Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands and last year's sell-out hit, Cinderella.
Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, it is co-devised by Martin Duncan, with lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Paul Groothuis.
Notes to Editors:
Matthew Bourne is widely hailed as the UK's most popular and successful Choreographer/Director. He is the creator of the world's longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.
Rest of the cast:
'Dr Dross' will be played by Neil Westmoreland, recently seen as 'The Pilot' in Cinderella and Daniel Wright (Cinderella, The Car Man). His Wife, 'Mrs Dross' and Matron to the Orphans will be played by Madelaine Brennan ('The Girlfriend' in Swan Lake 3D, 'Stepmother' in Cinderella) and 'Daisy May Kemp' (Swan Lake) along with the original 1992 'Clara', Etta Murfitt, returning to help celebrate the production's 20th Anniversary.
Returning to New Adventures for Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! are Phil Jack Gardner, Tom Jackson Greaves, Carrie Johnson, Nicole Kabera, Mari Kamata, Dena Lague, Katy Lowenhoff, Kate Lyons, Jamie Mcdonald, Luke Murphy, Gavin Persand, Alistair Postlethwaite and Danny Reubens. Making their debuts with New Adventures are Merry Holden, Katrina Lyndon, Leon Moran and Liam Mower, who was London's first 'Billy Elliot' and the youngest person ever to win an Olivier Award.
Listings information for New Wimbledon Theatre:
13 – 17 March 2012
Tues - Sat evening - 7.30pm
Thurs & Sat matinee - 2.30pm
£16 - £35 (premium seats available)
0844 871 7646
0844 871 7696
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