Reviews of the Royal Ballet.
Few of these more adult versions survive, though, because The Nutcracker's popularity lies principally in its surface enchantment, in the gorgeous nostalgia of its Christmas festivities and its fairytale transformations. It's all about tradition, and in that regard Peter Wright's production for the Royal remains one of the best.
Francesca Hayward, promoted only this year from the corps and drafted in for an injured Emma Maguire, is a tiny Clara with a featherlight delicacy and an affecting musicality.
Alexander Campbell is a compact but marvellously springy Hans-Peter, who more than holds his own when he joins in with the Russian dance in Act Two.