Nutcracker Sweeties by David Bintley, music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn after Tchaikovsky

Birmingham Royal Ballet

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David Bintley — Choreographer

Peter J. Davison — Set designer

Jasper Conran — Costume designer

Peter Mumford — Lighting designer

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra

Paul Murphy — Conductor

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Nutcracker Sweeties is Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington’s big band take on the Tchaikovsky classic—The Nutcracker as you've never seen or heard it before! It portrays Broadway and America in the 1940s: full of humor, irony, commentary, swing, and blues. The cast, dressed in an array of glamorous Jasper Conran costumes, includes pom-pom girls, drum majorettes, sailors, GIs and Candy Kane. David Bintley’s choreography is a catwalk of jazz styles. With its eye-catching clothes and flashing neon sets, Nutcracker Sweeties is imaginative, funny and visually irresistible.

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