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A cracking production; Family-orientated Nutcracker.

Byline: JOY BURGESS joy.burgess@trinitymirror.com JoyBurgess7 @

An enduring Christmas favourite comes to Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Saturday, November 29. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House will burst onto the stage again with a new and exciting performance of The Nutcracker - a family orientated production, and will bring with them all the colour, enthusiasm and vibrancy that one would expect.

Accompanying this performance is a large live orchestra of with over 30 musicians to maintain an exuberance of performance in this new production which will leave you astounded.

The Christmas story is based on "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It tells the story of Marie, a sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve.

Having crept downstairs at midnight to play with her new Nutcracker doll, Marie is swept up in the ultimate Christmas fantasy adventure when it comes magically to life and, with the aid of a box full of toy soldiers under the Christmas tree, defeats the army of the evil Mouse King who has invaded her house.

TICKETS Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01492 872000 or go to venuecymru.co.uk Lying mortally wounded after the battle, the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome Prince who whisks Marie away through a Winter Wonderland to the Land of Snow and then on to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains them like royalty with festive dances in recognition of the Prince's heroic defeat of the Mouse King.

This eternal favourite will be an unforgettable journey during the run-up to Christmas and an ideal introduction to people of any age to the magic that is classical ballet.

Producer Alexej Ignatow explains what makes his company unique: "We stand out because we pay attention to detail and put a lot of effort into choosing the best artists. I know that there are many companies that come together just to tour in UK, but we only focus on working with established theatres in the Russian Federation. With Russian ballet, you get passion!" This year, the company have chosen to work with the world famous Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi.

Alexej said: "We feel that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy ballet in their lifetime, which is why we are dedicated to presenting full and positive new productions in regional theatres. We want to give the opportunity to local audiences to experience these classics, give them great pleasure and inspire them to want more. There is a misconception that you need to understand music or ballet to enjoy them but it is really for everyone. All these incredible performances are self-explanatory and you could be assured of falling in love with ballet."

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Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents The Nutcracker at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Saturday 29 November at |7.30 pm.

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Date:Nov 14, 2014
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