This promises to be the most fun critics round-up yet. Rarely have reviews been so unanimously foul. Being that there was so little to save, the critics left their stars in the drawer, and polished their metaphors with seeming glee.
No amount of special pleading, of aesthetic jiggery-pokery, can excuse Schaufuss’s weird libretto as it plays its fatuous game by way of crass mickey-mousing and dismal romping to Tchaikovsky’s ardours.
is Clement Crisp’s response in The Financial Times to Peter Schaufuss’ proposal to link three Tchaikovsky ballets together as dreams within dreams: A Nightmare (Swan Lake), A Sensual Awakening (Sleeping Beauty) and A Happy Dream (Nutcracker).
Pyotr Ilyich must be revolving in his grave,