Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker is the classic Ballet loosely based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann fantasy story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’, about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King.

Brought to us by the Vienna Festival Ballet, Nutcracker is a classic show that leaves you cheering the characters on their journey and wondering what will happen next, despite it being a very simple story. I went home humming the tunes and listening to the soundtrack the next day.

My daughter loved the show, she said that it did well to tell the story, even though there’s no speech throughout the show, and she enjoyed the actors playing children. Throughout the show she sat staring at all of the dance scenes, I could have seen her dancing away with the cast.

The Background was simple and the music was not performed live, these both left the focus even more on the amazing dance of the company. The costumes made by Wardrobe Mistress Esperanza Carmona were stunning and helped draw you towards the characters, sitting in awe of their performance

The show leaves you smiling and I laughed at the family scene with a dancing grandma and the brother trying to steal. It was one of my favourite parts of the show. 

I have been to a professional ballet performance and still I found myself loving the show, as did my daughter. Sadly this was the only day of the ‘Vienna Festival Ballet’ show, but due to their popularity I’m sure they will return