Review: The Nutcracker ballet at Sheffield Lyceum was magical

Natalya Romanova as Clara, Pyotr Borchenko as Nutcracker Prince, St Petersburg Classical Ballet, Sheffield Lyceum,. Jan 9-13 2018
Natalya Romanova as Clara, Pyotr Borchenko as Nutcracker Prince, St Petersburg Classical Ballet, Sheffield Lyceum,. Jan 9-13 2018

The Nutcracker is one of the most classic stories to be told through ballet.

It follows Clara as she is transported in to a her very own fairytale world with a nutcracker prince, and the audience are left feeling like they too have been taken in to this magical world of dancers. There is even a touch of fairy dust and also snow.

The Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet performance was flawless, and so effortlessly beautiful. The dancers were elegant and poised throughout, with every small hand movement made or tiny step taken with grace.

Natalya Romanova wowed the audience with her performance as sweet and innocent Clara, while Pyotr Borchenko was exquisite in the role of her heroic nutcracker prince.

Evgeny Silakov also charmed the audience with his portrayal of Doctor Drosselmeyer, the mysterious magician figure who gives the nutcracker doll to Clara as a gift. Meanwhile, Anastasiya Chernikova perfectly showed the cheekiness of Clara’s sibling Fritz.

The dancers were accompanied by live music from the Hungarian Sinfonietta orchestra, brilliantly conducted by Vadim Perevoznikov.

Quite often the audience fell silent, in awe of the incredible talent of the dancers and musicians, but at the end of the enchanting performance they received a well deserved cheer of appreciation.

This ballet was stunning from start to finish, and was a perfect introduction to this beautiful art form.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is at the Lyceum Theatre until Saturday.

Rochelle Barrand.