Principal Character Artist Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer in the 2013 production (Bill Cooper, courtesy The Royal Ballet)

Because There's No Such Thing As Too Much "Nutcracker"...

As December 2018 is finally winding down, you've probably had "Waltz of the Flowers" stuck in your head since October—at least. If just reading that sentence made you want to scream, you're welcome to stop reading here. (And we really are sorry that it's stuck in your head for the umpteenth time now.)

We're actually talking here to the diehard Nutters. Yes, you, who feel a little less dead inside every single time that tree starts to grow, you who gasp with suspense when Clara bends back to hurl the slipper, you who "awwwwwwwww" at every last adorable polichinelle or angel. If you still need more Nutcracker in your life, The Royal Ballet is HERE. FOR. YOU. (At least through December 30!)


Now through the end of the month, you can catch The Royal Ballet's production of the perennial holiday classic in a movie theater near you. Peter Wright's adaptation has been a stalwart of the company's repertoire since 1984, so you know it's a goodie. This particular performance was filmed on December 3 of this year (with Marianela Nunez as Sugarplum, YAY!), but can be enjoyed by you as many times as you like between now and 2019. And in some ways, it may even be better than paying for a ticket and showing up at Covent Garden in person: These cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seats in the house plus close-ups showing details of the dancers' costumes and performances, and include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews presented by British-ballet legend Darcey Bussell.

So click on over here to find a screening near you, and happy extra-credit nut-cracking to you.

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