Sunday, 3 January 2016

Review: The Nutcracker On Ice at the Royal Albert Hall

The Nutcracker On Ice
Royal Albert Hall
Reviewed on Tuesday 29th December 2015  (matinee)

The Nutcracker On Ice provided the most magical end to 2015 I could possibly have wished for. Capturing the imagination of children, parents and grandparents alike, the show made the perfect post-Christmas treat. 

It's always such a treat to listen to Tchaikovsky’s iconic music. Although the set was a little basic and lacking in imagination (very basic projections were used throughout the show to create various backdrops), the costumes were nice and particularly effective in the second act.

At the performance I saw everything ran smoothly, apart from a show stop which saw the cast ushered offstage mid-performance due to a suspected hole in the ice. The Imperial Ice Stars’ Artistic Director Tony Mercer took to the stage to explain it was a false alarm, and thankfully there was just a fault with the snow machine which had been dripping on to the ice (the audience then gave a huge round of applause to one of the stage technicians who took a little tumble centre stage). Of course the show must go on, and the performers seamlessly returned to the stage to carry on.

The talent of the ice skaters is phenomenal; I have no idea how they make their tricks look so effortless as they glide and soar across the ice. An enchanting evening at one of London's most stunning venues, The Nutcracker On Ice provided several hours of charm and beauty. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

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