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295 Star Starred
Royce Hall at UCLA
340 Royce Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095
310-825-2101
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124 events
97 reviews
84 stars
attended Dec 16 2004

Yes, it is "different".....very different......and worth seeing. It didn't "trash" the original as I at first feared.

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83 reviews
437 stars
attended Dec 31 2004

Visually, a really beautiful and innovative production

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32 reviews
8 stars
attended Dec 22 2004

I love ballet and this isn't it!!!! the first half was so boring we were ready to leave at intermission. What is with people in gray dresses and pants running around????... continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“A holiday gift for one and all” —Hollywood Reporter
“Brilliant designs and musical numbers. Magic! A great family show.” —The Evening Standard
“A dazzling extravaganza.” —Sunday Telegraph
“Hugely delectable. Fantasy Hollywood straight out of a Busby Berkeley musical.” —The Times (London)

Description

From a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Dickensian orphanage, through a shimmering ice-skating wonderland, to the scrumptious candy folk of Sweetieland, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! takes its protagonist, Clara, on a journey that borrows elements from a variety of sources including Oliver Twist, the Ice Capades and the kaleidoscopic fantasy of Busby Berkeley musicals.

Matthew Bourne, who recently launched the company New Adventures, has achieved worldwide artistic and critical success for his innovative new versions of classic ballets including Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Car Man (loosely based on the opera Carmen). Bourne is also known for his musical theatre work as the choreographer of the revivals of Oliver! and My Fair Lady. He is currently working on a musical version of Mary Poppins in London.

Nutcracker!

includes designs by Olivier Award-winner Anthony Ward, who also designed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the London Palladium along with Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.