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Performer: Wayne Eagling

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TokyoThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Wayne Eagling; The National Ballet of Japan; Alexei Baklan; Ayako Maeda; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; The Little Singers of Tokyo
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ENB’s Nutcracker closes 2018 at the Coliseum

Rina Kanehara and Jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
This Nutcracker is past its sell-by date although Tchaikovsky's evergreen score, beautifully interpreted, and elegant performances do their best to keep it fresh   
***11
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Confusion in the chocolate box

© Laurent Liotardo
Wayne Eagling’s version for English National Ballet, however, risks confusing those new to ballet – and a few more experienced hands – thanks to muddled storytelling.  
**111
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Good things in ENB's flawed Nutcracker

There is much to like about the English National Ballet Nutcracker, but it could be so much more.
***11
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ENB's Nutcracker : nearly there.

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker: a subdued but promising opening of the Christmas season, at the London Coliseum. 
***11
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English National Ballet's Nutcracker

English National Ballet has performed The Nutcracker every year since it was founded in 1950. The latest version, by former company artistic director Wayne Eagling, has a great deal of charm and a stunning leading couple. At the London Coliseum. 
****1
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