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Friday, March 25, 2011


Following their 2009 sell-out season of Carmina Burana, The Imperial Russian Ballet returns to Durban in July to perform at the Playhouse on The Nutcracker.

One of the world’s best-loved ballets, The Nutcracker will enchant audiences at the Playhouse Opera for one performance only on July 12 at 19h00. With a score written especially by Tchaikovsky, the ballet was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia in 1892.

The Nutcracker is one of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company’s favourite ballets in an extensive repertoire, largely because they are joined by children from local ballet schools in the various towns and cities they perform in. Gediminas Taranda, a soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet, has worked closely with the famous dancer, Maija Plisetzkaya, in this innovative production.

Tickets range from R135 to R225 and are available from Computicket.