Land of the Sweets released ahead of sugar plum Nutcracker Xmas musical


Here’s the first chance to hear an excerpt from Nutcracker! The Musical, a thrilling twist to a classic ballet which opens in London next week.

The classic Hoffmann tale and Tchaikovsky’s soaring classical music have been used for an enchanting new production premiering at The Pleasance Theatre.

Nutcracker! The Musical is a story of magic, far away places, fairy tale kingdoms, of love, friendship, family and imagination.

This fresh new look at the original Nutcracker story will enchant audiences of all ages. Generations of children were raised on The Nutcracker ballet, but do you know the real story of the Nutcracker?

Teenage Marie is too old to play with dolls but there’s something intriguing about the nutcracker given to her by her old Uncle Drosselmier.

He seems lost in time. Long ago in the fairy tale kingdom of Chronenburg, the beautiful Princess Pirlipat has been magically disfigured by the evil Mouseyrinks, Queen of the Mice.

King Wilhelm enlists the help of the mystical Royal Clockmaker to break the curse. Will a little magic and a lot of imagination be enough to discover the secret of the nutcracker and rescue the people of Chronenburg from the clutches of Mouseyrinks’ spell?

Nutcracker! The Musical, with book and lyrics by multiple Emmy Award-winning Nancy Holson, and directed by Peaceful Lion Productions founder Ollie Fielding, will premiere in a four-week season at the Pleasance Theatre, from December 8.

The main cast is Maria Coyne (Wicked, A Little Night Music); Kris Webb (A Doll’s House, Little Shop of Horrors and Mack and Mabel); Jamie Birkett; Peter Nash (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and Anne Marcuson (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).

The rest of the cast are: Henry Wyrley-Birch; Leigh Rhiannon Coggins; Samuel Haughton; Meg Matthews; Annabel Edwards; Helen Reuben; Matthew Ives; Ben Stacey, Matthieu Hauret.

Nutcracker!The Musical runs at the Pleasance Theatre from December 8-January 3.

Leigh Rhiannon Coggins, with Robert Hazle on keyboard, sings Land of the Sweets.

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