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Nutcracker! The Musical

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This fantastic new musical production based on the original ETA Hoffmann fairytale premièred at the Pleasance Islington in December 2015.

Nutcracker! The Musical is a story of magic, far away places, fairy tale kingdoms, of love, friendship, family and most importantly imagination. With a modern musical score influenced by Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, this fresh new look at the original Nutcracker story will enchant audiences of all ages.

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 is written by multiple Emmy Award-winner Nancy Holson, with orchestration by Bruce Kiesling and Paul Rigano and directed by Ollie Fielding. This show promises to be a Christmas cracker!


"The dance numbers are spectacular... Kids will eat it up."
The Upoming

"Bags of charm."
Islington Gazette

"The production was greatly colourful and majestic."
Everything Theatre

"This lively and colourful version of The Nutcracker is a welcome addition to the Christmas shows around London. Nancy Holson has taken Tchaikovsky’s music and Hoffman’s stories and – with the help of orchestrators Bruce Keisling and Paul Rigano – come up with a musical version that is true to the much-loved original."
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"A superbly great show that keeps its audience entertained from start to finish. The combination of music, words and story work really well together and the show itself is a wonderful take on the old traditional story that provides something for adults and children alike and will leave you feeling a little bit more Christmassy when you leave the theatre."
Carn's Theatre Passion


See our video of the song Land of the Sweets performed by Leigh Rhianon Coggins accompanied by Robert Hazle

Original cast

Princess Pirlipat / Marie : Maria Coyne
Drosselmier: Kris Webb
Mouseyrinks: Jamie Birkett
Christian Elias, The Nutcracker Prince: Peter Nash
Queen Wanda / Dr Stahlbaum: Ann Marcuson
King Wilhelm / Mr Stahlbaum: Henry Wyrley-Birch
Sugar Plum Fairy: Leigh Rhianon Coggins
Cousin Drosselmier / The Mouse King: Samuel Hauhgton
Ensemble: Matthieu Hauret
Ensemble: Annabel Edwards
Ensemble: Ben Stacey
Ensemble: Helen Reuben
Ensemble: Matthew Ives
Ensemble: Meg Matthews

Production team

Book and lyrics: Nancy Holson
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arrangements: Bruce Kiesling, Paul and David Rigano
Producer: Amy Holson-Schwartz
Director: Ollie Fielding
Designer: Eleanor Field
Wardrobe Supervisor: Dante Baylor
Choreographer: Alejandro Postigo
Musical Director: Robert Hazle
Associate Director: Charlie Ely
Lighting Design: Sarah McColgan
Sound Design: Chris Drohan
Music technician: Sean McAllister
Associate Choreographers: Michaela Cisarikova, Annabel Edwards, Peter Nash
Puppet/props maker: Emily Bestow
Production Manager: Ethan Hudson for Front Seat Media
Production Assistant: Caley Powell
Production Sound Engineer: Elliot Williams
PR: Kevin Wilson

Production photography

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Photos taken by Pamela Raith