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The Nutcracker

Ashley Page (2003) 

A magical dolls' house, an evil governess, and a nutcracker who may just be a handsome prince in disguise - prepare to enter a magical new world...  

One Christmas Eve, Marie hears the story of a brave Nutcracker who savs a princess from a horrible curse, and as she sleeps, she is transported into a surreal dream world where she must learn to fend for herself and discover the secret of true love.

The Nutcracker, Ashley Page's first full-length ballet, is a sweet yet deliciously sharp take on ETA Hoffman's original story Nutcracker and the King of Mice.


Choreographer: Ashley Page
Music: Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky
Design: Antony McDonald
Lighting: Peter Mumford
Associate Set Designer: Juliette Blondelle
Associate Costume Designer: Michelle May

What the press said 

"The Nutcracker that Ashley Page and Antony McDonald contrived for Scottish Ballet was, and still is, something of a trailblazer. In 2003, this bold, inventive Nutcracker signified that Scottish Ballet was dancing its way out of the woods. It looks even better now. - 5*"
 The Herald 

"Claire Robertson’s spirited Marie is an expressive mix of vulnerability and determination – utterly deserving of Erik Cavallari’s noble Prince, their closing pas-de-deux a radiant outpouring of consummate partnering worth a galaxy of stars in itself. - 5*"
The Herald 

"It presents the ballet’s final pas de deux (between the tale’s young lovers, danced exquisitely by Erik Cavallari and Claire Robertson) with a beautifully executed classicism which exemplifies the style and intelligence of this, another fabulously successful Scottish Ballet Christmas show. - 5*"
The Daily Telegraph 

"Sheer balletic beauty. The tutu-clad snowflakes and pretty poppy flowers deliver pointe work to die for, while the grand pas-de-deux between principal dancers Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari is a spell-binding blend of romance and masterful technique. -4*"
The Scotsman 

"Crowd-pleasing wow factor, guaranteed to delight - this stunning Nutcracker has it all."
The Press & Journal  

"Claire Robertson and Erik Cavallari take the lead roles with aplomb... As both a tinsel treat and a statement of Page's aesthetic clarity, The Nutcracker triumphs."
The Stage 

"Bold, adventurous and beautifully crafted."
Edinburgh Evening News 

"Witty, spectacular and tear-jerkingly moving - this is still such stuff as dreams are made on."
Daily Mail  

"This is one Nutcracker you could sample again and again"
The Scotsman 

"A Nutcracker like no other, full of mettle and class"
The Herald 

"This Nutcracker feels as fresh and as zingy as a lemon meringue pie"
The Sunday Times 

"A Nutcracker that is, quite simply, brilliantly danced by the whole company"
Dance Expression 

"Imaginative, haunting and visually exciting from start to finish"

"A most enjoyable evening"
The Times 


The Nutcracker Tour 2009/2010

Thetare Royal, Glasgow
12-31 December 2009
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
6-9 January 2010
Eden Court, Inverness
20-23 January 2010
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
27-30 January 2010
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
3-6 Febraury 2010

The Nutcracker tour 2004/2005

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Saturday 11 to Friday 31 December 2004
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Thursday 6 to Saturday 15 January 2005
Eden Court, Inverness
Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 January 2005
Grand Opera House, Belfast
Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 February 2005

The Nutcracker tour 2003/2004

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
17-27 December 2003
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
30 December 2003 - 10 January 2004
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
13-17 January 2004
Eden Court, Inverness
20-24 January 2004
New Theatre, Hull
28-31 January 2004
Grand Opera House, Belfast
04-07 February 2004

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