The Nutcracker – sets, costumes and magic

16 October 2014 | By admin

Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker is famous for its gorgeous costumes, theatrical sets and spectacular props. John Macfarlane’s ravishing design moves from a richly crimson Edwardian home to the sparkling Land of Snow to the vivid Land of Sweets in a series of breathtaking transformations with costumes to match.

Created for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990, Wright’s The Nutcracker was first staged by The Australian Ballet in 2007. Hundreds of people, including costumiers, milliners, engineers, orchestras and, of course, dancers, worked for two years to bring it to the stage. Each Sugar Plum Fairy costume alone features 10,000 hand-sewn beads, and over 600 metres of hand-dyed fabric was used to create the Snowflake costumes.

The gorgeous set at the party. Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Jeff Busby.

Artists of The Australian Ballet as the snowflakes. Photography Jeff Busby.

Artist of The Australian Ballet as Peter Wright’s rats. Photography Jeff Busby.

The Nutcracker defends Clara. Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Jeff Busby.

The dance of the flowers. Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Jeff Busby.

Jessica Fyfe and Laura Tong as Clara and her mother. Photography Jeff Busby.

Benedicte Bemet in The Nutcracker. Photography Jeff Busby

Amber Scott and Adam Bull. Photography Lynette Wills.

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Lynette Wills.

Eloise Fryer and Jill Ogai. Photography Jeff Busby.

Experience the magic of The Nutcracker at Sydney Opera House. Seats are limited, get your tickets now.