is Christmas Eve and Marie's and Fritz's godfather Mr Drosselmeier
has come to visit. The eccentric man has brought the children gifts,
one of which is a wooden Nutcracker. He tells the children the story
of a princess, a soldier stuck in the body of a Nutcracker, and
an evil Mouse King.
evening, Marie falls asleep thinking of the Nutcracker. When the
clock strikes midnight, the magic begins. As the characters from
the story come alive before our eyes, we are taken on a thrilling
journey through time and space.
on E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse
King is a Christ-mas fairytale full of atmosphere and mystery. Oxfordshire
Touring Theatre Company captures that special feeling of waiting
for Christmas Day and whisks the audience away to a land where anything
terrifying Mouse King has glistening eyes, a sinister hissing voice
and his shabby coat drags on the floor as he circles Marie, trying
to get her to tell him where the Nutcracker is hiding.
production uses the props cleverly and the set create just the right
mood. Parts of the story are told with the help of puppets and the
lighting is very effective.
the play, we can never be sure if what we see is really happening
or if it is a product of Marie's imagination. In the end, what seemed
like a feverish dream turns out to be nothing of the sort. Or was