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Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! for Christmas

Warner Vision have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! for 22nd December 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. The DVD release ties in with the return of the show to Sadlers Wells this Christmas (December 2 - 24 January 2004), and features Matthew Bourne's witty and colourful version of the most traditional of Christmas ballets, with Tchaikovsky's magical score at its heart.

Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with DD5.1 Surround and L-PCM Stereo audio options the press release that follows the artworks offers more details on the discs content.



Warner Vision announces the release on DVD of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! - his witty and colourful version of the most traditional of Christmas ballets, with Tchaikovsky's magical score at its heart.

The DVD release ties in with the return of the show to Sadlers Wells this Christmas (December 2 - 24 January 2004), which broke all box office records during last year's sell-out season.

This delightful show is crammed full of his trademark saucy humour, inventiveness and a childlike sense of fun. Bourne's Nutcracker-with-a-twist still follows the theme of growing up and first love - a coming of age story told through the dreams and nightmares of a young girl. Nutcracker! opens in a bleak Dickensian Orphanage for Waifs and Strays, ruled by the tyrannical Dr Dross, Matron (his wife), and their spoilt children Fritz and Sugar. Clara is among the orphans. On Christmas Eve, the orphanage is visited by the Institute's Governors. Dr Dross and his wife give the children gifts to impress their visitors, including a Nutcracker doll for Clara, but as soon as the guests are gone, they snatch the toys back again.

The Nutcracker comes to life and helps the orphans escape via a shimmering ice-skating scene to a candy coloured Sweetieland, where everything and everyone tastes good. The national dancers are replaced by fluffy pink Marshmallow Girls, bovverboy Gobstoppers, preening Liquorice Allsorts, and a leering Knickbocker Glory.

The grey orphanage created by the designer, Olivier Award winner Anthony Ward, bursts into a palette of bold zinging colours for the scenes that follow. Among the highlights is an enormous pink wedding cake on which the company dance 'the waltz of the flowers' in a scene reminiscent of a Busby Berkeley musical.

The wonderful cast includes stars from Bourne's previous shows: Etta Murfitt is Clara; Alan Vincent is a hunky Nutcracker; Saranne Curtin and Ewan Wardrop are the obnoxious Dross children Fritz and Sugar who transform into royal sweeties Princess Sugar and Prince Bon Bon; Scott Ambler is the wicked Dr Dross/King Sherbert and Emily Piercy his wife Matron/Queen Candy.

Matthew Bourne is one of the UK's most innovative and popular choreographers. He has achieved world-wide success with his new versions of the classics, such as the ground-breaking Swan Lake, with its all-male swans, Cinderella, and The Car Man. Last year his Play Without Words for the Royal National Theatre, received two Olivier Awards. He is the only British director to have won the Tony Award for Best Director and Best Choreographer of a Musical in the same year. His outrageously entertaining shows draw audiences in far beyond the usual audience for dance. His unique and very direct style of choreography displays a cornucopia of styles: classical ballet, jazz, modern, with influences from showbiz and film.

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