Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker is now on its eighth seasonal outing at the London Coliseum. The company’s former Artistic Director created this unique version of the Christmas classic featuring hot air balloons and horrifying giant mice in 2010; last year, Nutcracker saw record breaking sales for ENB. They must surely hope for the same again this year; and with a cast so strong, why not?
Sophia Mucha was a calm and assured young Clara displaying fine musicality and technique. However, Emile Gooding as her brother stole the show with his charismatic turn. He exudes expressiveness and enthusiasm with his antics at the otherwise slightly dour party scene.
Unlike the rest of the production, the party is an unimaginative and bland interpretation, dull in colours and choreography leaving the audience waiting impatiently for the dream sequence to begin.
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