Review Day 5: The Nutcracker

Ok, so a ballet rather than a book.

But this Tchaikovsky was originally inspired by an 1816 German children’s story called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King where a little girl’s Nutcracker comes alive and her love for him involves her in a war between the toys in her bedroom and a seven headed mouse king.

Having never read the book I’m probably not best placed to comment but an all time favourite childhood Christmas memory is going to see the San Francisco Ballet perform this aged seven. There was something so enchanting about the costumes, the characters and to this day every time I hear the signature music I get sent back to that childhood magic of Christmas that didn’t involve spending too much time with extended family (nothing is a better ‘get-out-of-jail-free-card than living on a different side of the Atlantic to them), no stress of getting home for Christmas, absolutely no snow and no worries about gift buying or the very worst: wrapping them.

Such a classic tale of magic and adventure that makes ballet accessible for all, it has rightly earned its place as a Christmas favourite of mine and despite a Barbie DVD adaptation of it about ten years ago (yes really- the Mouse King was voice by Tim Curry of Rocky Horror Picture Showfame) there is little popular appreciation of it in mainstream culture.

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