The Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky
Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet
Theatre Royal Bath
The classic tale of The Nutcracker is a firm family favourite and the large audience reflected this at the Theatre Royal Bath.
Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet has kept to the main tale of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and their journeys through her magical dream worlds setting it against a bold Baroque back drop. The costumes are opulent and the staging although basic is practical and allows the large company to move easily.
The story telling was clear. The Hungarian Sinfonietta conducted by Vadim Perevoznikov created a good atmosphere, entirely without amplification. However, the limited lighting design undermined moments of tension and the more sinister aspects of the story.
Natalya Romanova (Clara) is delightful, sweeping the audience along with poise and ease. Vadim Lolenko (Nutcracker Prince) is a fine suitor and their work is entrancing. Dmitriy Popov proves himself to be hugely versatile in a variety of roles whilst Fujise Kana (Eastern Dance) is an absolute highlight.
The narrative is accessible and makes it a perfect introduction to a classical piece and the audience were clearly engrossed at this performance.