As panto season approaches, another option for family entertainment has popped up for a run in The Gaiety Theatre and throughout other venues in Ireland.
Nutcracker Sweeties, a remake of the Tchaikovsky Christmas Classic, retells the story of Clara and Fritz.
The Ballet Ireland production promises to be a little bit more modern, with less traditional dance and more movement throughout.
Ballet Ireland was established in 1998 by Gunther Falusy and Anne Maher, each spring and autumn the company performs in large-scale theatres in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Touring allows audiences throughout the country to access and enjoy professional ballet. The other aim is to inspire young and talented students from every county.
This version is set in a department store in Dublin, Ciara and her brother Fionn wander off from their parents where the magic of The Nutcracker begins. The pair are rescued by the Nutcracker Doll who comes to life transporting them to the magical Kingdom of The Sweets where the two meet the majestic Sugar Plum Fairy.
The two are rescued by the Nutcracker doll who comes to life before they are surrounded by a glorious blizzard of snowflakes. The Sugar Plum fairy greets them leading Ciara into the kingdom of the sweets where the beautiful Christmas windows come to life.
Choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, this beautiful production of the festive classic performed by a cast of world-class dancers will appeal to audiences of all ages with its fairy-tale magic, gorgeous costumes and a re-imagined score. A tale of wondrous adventure that combines to form one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.
This production has broad appeal and is due to be a heart-warming hit with the balletomania, as well as everyone with a mere passing interest in ballet.
Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey
Fri 4 & Sat 5 Nov, 7:45pm
Tickets: £23 / £20 / £16 with £3.50 for conc / children
Booking: theatreatthemill.com / (028) 9034 0202
Millennium Forum, Derry/Londonderry
Wed 9 Nov, 7:30pm
Tickets: £16.50, £20.00, £23.50 (includes Development Fee)
Booking: millenniumforum.co.uk / (028) 7126 4455
Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Sat 12 Nov, 8pm
Tickets: £22 and £20 [concession]
Booking: visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre / 03300 561 025
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Wed 16 – Sat 19 Nov 2022
7:30pm Nightly / 2:30pm Sat Mat
Tickets from €13*
*Additional booking fees may apply
Booking: www.gaietytheatre.com l Gaiety Theatre Box Office l [email protected]
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
Wed 23 Nov, 8pm
Tickets: €27 / €22
Booking: siamsatire.com / 066 712 3055
National Opera House, Wexford
Sat 26 Nov, 7:30pm
€25 / €20 concession / €15 child under 16 / €70 Family Ticket
Booking: nationaloperahouse.ie / 053 912 2144
The Civic Theatre, Tallaght
Tues 29 & Weds 30 November, 7pm
Tickets: €27, €25 & under 16’s €16
Booking: civictheatre.ie / 01 462 7477
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Fri 2 & Sat 3 Dec, 8pm
Tickets: €25 / €20 / €85 (family ticket x4)
Booking: limetreetheatre.ie / 061 953 400
An Grianán Theatre
Tues 6 Dec, 8pm
Tickets: €27 / €22, under 18s €15, family of four €70
Booking: angrianan.com / 074 912 0777
Fri 9 & Sat 10 Dec, 8pm
Tickets: € 27/ €25 / € 18 for under 16’s
Booking: draiocht.ie / 01 885 2622
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Tue 13 & Wed 14 Dec, 8pm
Tickets €25* / €22.50*
Booking: www.tht.ie / 091 569 777
*All Tickets Are Subject to THT Booking & Development Fee €1/Ticket
Fri 16, 7:30pm & Sat 17 Dec, 7:30pm
Tickets: €25 adult, €20 concession, €18 child – Family ticket €80
Booking: glor.ie / 065 684 3103
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
Tue 20 Dec, 7:30pm
Tickets: €25 / €20 and family of 4 for €80
Booking: solsticeartscentre.ie / 046 909 2300
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Thurs 22 & Fri 23 Dec, 7pm
Tickets: €30 full price, €25 concession and €100 for a family of 4.
Booking: mermaidartscentre.ie / 01 272 4030