The Nutcracker

Gary Avis as Herr Droselmeyer in The Royal Ballet
Graham Watts
November 23, 2016
'The show, however, belongs largely to Avis. Wright’s production majors on the mysterious magician, Drosselmeyer, as the key to the transition from the world of flesh and blood to the fantasy land of snow and sweets. It used to be a role that Sir Anthony Dowell devoured with all the stage mastery that great dancer possessed (a performance one can still catch on DVD) but it is now wholly owned by Avis who delivers the dual role of magician and master of ceremonies with just the right mix of charisma, authority and subtlety. It is a tour de force by a performer who sublimates self to character in the best chameleon-like tradition of great acting.'

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