With only a few days to go until The Nutcracker opens we bring you six fascinating facts!

With Birmingham Royal Ballet’s magical production of The Nutcracker arriving this Friday, we’ve put together some amazing facts about the production to whet your appetite! 

  • By the end of its 2015 season, Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker will have been performed a total of 429 times here at Birmingham Hippodrome.
  • Before the curtain goes up on the first performance, hours of work have been undertaken behind the scenes. The sets, props and lights for the show will travel to the Hippodrome in five articulated trucks from the Birmingham Royal Ballet stores in Dudley. When the sets arrive work will begin on the ‘get-in’ and ‘fit-up’. This process takes approximately three days. Another two days are usually required for technical and stage rehearsals!
  • The production has a flying goose that transports Clara to a magical land – it travels 20 metres across the stage at every performance. That means that the goose has travelled over 5.3miles on our stage over the course of 25 years.
  • The Nutcracker features a huge transformation scene where a Christmas tree grows from 4 metres to 15 metres and a fireplace grows to fill half of the stage.
  • 75kg of flame retardant artificial snow is used in the production which is imported from a specialist company in New York.
  • Since its first performance back in 1990, dancers playing the role of ‘snowflakes’ in The Nutcracker have made their way through over 720 cans of silver sparkle body paint.

Take a look at some special Nutcracker photos below, taken from the wings. See The Nutcracker here from Fri 27 Nov to Sun 13 Dec. You can book online or by calling our Box Office on 0844 338 5000  (charges apply).

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