Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a truly spectacular score. There are three ballet versions this season in London alone. ENB have brought their production to the Mayflower, before heading home to the vast London Coliseum stage.
Based on the 2001 film of the same name, it is the heartwarming tale of Elle Woods, a rich, blonde, airhead sorority girl from California who follows her snake of an ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law school proving along the way that she is anything but an airhead.
The authentic era staging, from a huge Teletext screen showing the Top 40 with Take That’s ‘Pray’ topping the chart, down to references of Smash Hits and Top of the Pops, catapult you back to your teenage bedroom.
This production and cast has recently been reviewed by one of the team, but I wanted to see for myself how fun it is. Therefore this review will simply be a revised version, however the sentiment is the same – go see!
Make sure you get to your seat early so you don’t miss the pre-show shenanigans but more importantly you have time to read the hilarious programme. Never have I laughed so much before a show has even started.
We all know and love the 1978 hit film Grease and for many years now it has been a stage show. I’ve seen this musical a good number of times and so I was interested to see how this touring production stood up to its predecessors.