Where was every one for Sarah Wildor's Nutcracker debut on December 28th?
Personally I though her performance was not that great. She did not look very comfortable in the pdd.
I certainly preferred the second act of the RB Nutcracker to both the ENB and the BRB, I think it was the gentle set designs and glamourous tutus that one me over. O.K Bruce maybe design does matter.
However the first act looked terribly dated - it most had a Victorian feel to it! I urge the RB to think about given these sets a lick of paint at the very least!!
I never could understand why directors have so much difficulty with the Nutcraker. Why cannot they have as child given lots of presents at Christmas. When she falls asleep she dreams of a never-never Kingdom of princes, ballerinas, sweets, toys etc. She wakes up the next morning happy and contented at her dreams. It is a unpretentious appreciation of the vivid imagination Children have. There is no need for child psychology, questionable Freudian overtons or sexual innuendo.