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The Nutcracker

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Harvey Pratt, aged 10, gives us his review of Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. Harvey is a first year student on Northern Ballet Academy’s professional training programme.
Hello and welcome to my latest blog. This time I have a collection from two of our recent ballets, Swan Lake, which we performed in Bradford, Woking and Aylesbury; and The Nutcracker which we performed in Nottingham, Sheffield, Norwich, Manchester and Leeds. Though an injury to my knee prevented me from doing all of The Nutcracker performances, I was able to pick up my camera a little more and get some shots from the side of stage.
As the Edwards family prepare for their Christmas party, Clara imagines the wonderful things that might happen. Her brother Frederick can’t miss a moment to tease her and is only stopped by the arrival of their beautiful older sister Louise.
Rachael Gillespie, Michaela Griffin, Josh Barwick and Matthew Broadbent made a flying visit to The Rock shopping centre in Bury, near Manchester, to take part in the unveiling of their Christmas lights before travelling to Manchester to perform in The Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre.
Ballet designs include: La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty, Tales of Beatrix Potter, Sylvia, Cinderella (Royal Ballet); Aladdin (Houston Ballet); Sylvia, Aladdin, Giselle, The Lady and The Fool, Cyrano, The Sleeping Beauty, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Protecting Veil, Beauty and the Beast, The Seasons, Powder, Dante Sonata, Enigma Variations (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Sylvia (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Mariins
Christopher Giles
Christopher’s previous work includes: Wild Geese (Taiyuan Dance Troupe, Beijing & touring), The Architect (Northern Ballet), No Man’s Land (short film), The Damnation of Faust (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Rags (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Darling of the Day (Union Theatre London), Babes in Arms (ArtsEd), Enter (Talawa Youth Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (ArtsEd), Lysistrata (Rose Theatre London), Bells are Ringing (Union Theatre London), Leonce und Lena (Grands Ballets Can
Charles has worked in the UK and internationally designing opera, ballet, drama, musicals and pantomime. He designed the European Premières of Sondheim’s Follies and Pacific Overtures.
Filmed in 2010 this video shows short excerpts from David Nixon's The Nutcracker where The Nutcracker Prince does battle with The Mouse King. Music is performed by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
A teachers resource pack based around our production of The Nutcracker for key stage 1/2. Includes information on the story, characters, costume, music set and creative tasks for students to participate in.


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