Carlos Acosta's Nutcracker in Havana

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10 –⁠ 15 Dec, from 1pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
From £20
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Ballet dancer wearing a purple dress is mid air in a pose against a red and pink background

Simmering choreography from Carlos Acosta, and a new Cuban slant to the score, bring some Havana heat to this classic festive treat.

Join Clara in her humble home in Havana, getting ready to celebrate Christmas with her family. The beer cans are on the tree and Cuba is typically hot.

When Clara is given a nutcracker doll, she embarks on the journey of a lifetime to defeat the Rat King and enter the world of the Sugar Plum Fairy, accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince.

A Cuban take on the favourite festive classic, Carlos Acosta’s brand-new production features new choreography by Carlos Acosta CBE performed by more than 20 dancers from his Cuban company, Acosta Danza.

Set to an exuberant newly commissioned Cuban version of the magnificent Tchaikovsky score, arranged by Cuban composer Pepe Gavilondo, the timeless story is brought to life with ballet at its core.

The choreography is enriched with Acosta Danza’s unique style and with Cuban dance traditions beautifully woven throughout the much-loved and joyful family tale.

Presented by Norwich Theatre and Valid Productions

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Age recommendation

For ages 8+

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Dates & times

10 –⁠ 15 Dec, from 1pm

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £20*
  • Concessions25%**


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