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The Nutcracker

Born in Kamsko-Votkinsk on 7 May 1840, Tchaikovsky was the second eldest of six children. In 1850 he began attending the St. Petersburg School of Jurisprudence, becoming a clerk in the Ministry of Justice in 1859. He studied with Nicolai Zaremba until the opening of the new St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1862. In 1863 he left his job at the Ministry of Justice to study full time at the Conservatory.
Our production of The Nutcracker is on tour around the country and is delighting audiences everywhere it goes. This week in Norwich tickets sales have broken all previous records for us at the Theatre Royal.
Decorate your very own Nutcracker doll - you can use felt-tips, crayons, paint, glitter, feathers and more! Send us your creation and could we'll feature it on our site!
In August, 2010, we held a preview event at City Inn, Leeds, where we showed excerpts from The Nutcracker. Dancers Julie Charlet, Ben Mitchell and Thomas Aragones gave the rapt audience a flavour of the ballet.
John Longstaff
John was born in Lancashire and educated at Girton College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with numerous companies including: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Northern Ballet (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director), Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor), Young Opera Venture (musical director) and St. Peter’s Church, Harrogate (Director of Music). 
David Nixon, OBE
David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001. David trained as a dancer, first in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his training began in earnest. It was during his time there that he first became interested in choreography, helping to revive a choreographic workshop with the approval of school director Betty Oliphant. After further training in Europe he returned to Canada to train with Erik Bruhn and the great Russian teacher, Eugene Valukin.
Martha Leebolt discusses playing the Sugar-Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Footage from 2008 at the old studios at West Park.

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