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Top Dance Shows to See This Christmas

Top Dance Shows to See This Christmas

19 December 2017

Just a highlight of the festive shows available to book this Christmas.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

What's it about? Matthew Bourne's interpretation of this classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. Set in London during the Second World War, a chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

What the critics have said:
"A dazzling spectacle" ★★★★ - THE TIMES
"A Valentine to the Power of Love" - LA TIMES
"Wonderful. A perfect treat. Bourne’s vision is glorious" - DAILY TELEGRAPH
"A gripping theatrical spectacle" - GUARDIAN

Matthew Bourne's CinderellaNew Adventures will run from 9th Dec 2017 - 27th Jan 2018 at Sadlers' Wells Theatre, London. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the website here.


Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall

What's it about? The audience joins Clara in the Victorian setting of her family home. As midnight strikes, the Christmas tree grows and grows, and Clara’s nutcracker doll and his army of toy soldiers come to life. Clara is swept away through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This magical ballet, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

What the critics have said:
No other version comes close” ★★★★★ - THE SUNDAY TIMES
scale, opulence, inventiveness… brilliantly executed” ★★★★★ - THE STAGE
"Delivers the wow-factor year on year" ★★★★★ - THE BIRMINGHAM POST

For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings this Christmas favourite to the Royal Albert Hall in London from Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 December 2017. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the website here.

The Little Match Girl

What's it about? The Little Match Girl is a timeless fable about kindness and helping others, which will enthral young children and the whole family alike. The unlikely heroine, in Arthur Pita's reimagining of this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, is an impoverished young street girl who wanders the ever-darkening streets with just one final match to keep her warm on a cold Christmas Eve.

What the critics have said:
"Magical. Wonderfully inventive. A gem" ★★★★★ - THE OBSERVER
"Charmingly eccentric and marvellously magical. Adults will be enchanted too" ★★★★★ - EVENING STANDARD

The Little Match Girl by Arthur Pita will run from the 13th - 24th Dec 2017 at the Lilian Baylis Studio, London. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the website here. 


Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker

What's it about? A "plush and sumptuous" variation of the classic Christmas tale, Tchaikovsky’s score is played by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra in this magical performance and partnered with exciting costumes and stunning set pieces.

What the critics have said:
"A perfect Christmas treat for all ages" ★★★★★ - THE HERALD
"Radiating joy and warmth from start to finish" ★★★★★ - ALL EDINBURGH THEATRE
"Scottish Ballet once again provides a perfect Christmas night out for all ages" ★★★★★ - SOUTHSIDE ADVERTISER

The Scottish Ballet's version of The Nutcracker will play at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 20th - 30th Dec before going on tour to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Newcastle. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the website here.

The Snowman

What's it about? Based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the film directed by Dianne Jackson which has transported generations of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman. Twinkling with festive spirit The Snowman is celebrating 20 years on the stage!

What the critics have said:
"Guaranteed to melt the heart of even the most cynical Scrooge" - THE GUARDIAN
Utterly irresistible” ★★★★ - SUNDAY EXPRESS
Sheer theatrical magic. Go see The Snowman and melt” - THE TIMES
As traditional as mince pies and Santa Claus” - TIME OUT

The Snowman will run until the 31st December 2017 at The Peacock Theatre, London. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the website here.

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