Following the Scottish Government announcement that there will be no further extension to current event restrictions due to Covid-19, Scottish Ballet has announced that it will complete its tour of The Nutcracker to Inverness (Eden Court, 26-29 January), after the Glasgow and Aberdeen runs were cancelled.
The tour will then move on to Newcastle (Theatre Royal, 2-5 February) and Belfast (Grand Opera House, 9-12 February). The company's dancers have been rehearsing The Nutcracker and future productions and maintaining fitness levels at their headquarters in Glasgow during the restrictions.
The beautiful production has choreography by Peter Darrell, with sets and costumes by Lez Brotherston, and lighting by George Thomson.
Lez Brotherston's sets – introduced when the production was re-mounted back in 2014 – are tastefully scrumptious, the production's relative intimacy undeniably has its own charm, and the house orchestra makes Tchaikovsky's wonderful score soar… the leads sparkle as they should, and the whole enterprise has just the right sense of collective fun and purpose. – Mark Monahan, The Telegraph 2021
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.