Regarding what you see at home on TV: with Sky Arts having Mariinsky Nutcracker with Alina Somova on their listing last week and Royal Ballet's Nutcracker 2012 for upcoming week, you really feel magical Christmas.
So on December 17 we went to Colliseum theater to see English National Ballet production of Nutcracker and were totally amazed !
Some information from ENO website: ( http://www.eno.org/whats-on/other/enb-the-nutcracker)
"Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family.
On an enchanted Christmas Eve, under the heavy boughs of the candlelit tree Clara battles with the Mouse King and falls in love with a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder and snowflakes begin to fall, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot balloon ride across the frost-dusted London skyline to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.
In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.
This classical production is a magical, memorable and unmissable Christmas treat.
***** '…has an air of absolute artistic integrity' (Laura Thompson, The Daily Telegraph)
**** 'The audience was clearly delighted' (Clement Crisp, The Financial Times)
**** 'This is now a contender as one of the best Nutcrackers around'(Neil Norman, Daily Express)
Choreography by Wayne Eagling
Based on concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Design by Peter Farmer
Lighting by David Richardson"