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The Nutcracker's Winter Circus

"It’s the most wonderful time of the year and this Festive Season, #SandtonCity is proud to present another exciting world first, taking patrons on a whimsical theatrical adventure with The Nutcracker’s Winter Circus.

Mysterious and magical, with a menagerie of fun and fantastical creatures, The Nutcracker’s Winter Circus is a fairy-tale fit for the whole family, set in a spectacular circus tent in the Centre Court. Enchanting children and adults alike with an ensemble of acclaimed artists in an original theatrical circus; this pioneer production is rooted in vintage European history and set just outside the Black Forest in Southwest Germany, known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages. Featuring a rich tapestry of magic and interactive illusion, this is the first time that The Nutcracker has been translated into a theatrical circus, and exclusive to Sandton City, will capture the spirit of Christmas in the city.

Celebrated for his originality and cutting-edge creativity, The Nutcracker’s Winter Circus is the brainchild of South African Director and Designer Andrew Botha, who has conceptualised everything from the costumes to the colours, fabricating every element from scratch. From the whimsical wonderland created by a Scenic Artist to the special effects costumes crafted by the original Opera House Costumery, the sumptuous visual feast features bespoke fabric designed and created especially for this production.

Weird and wonderful, The Nutcracker’s Winter Circus pairs the artistry of storytelling with impressive physical theatre, aerobatics and a handful of ballet classics performed by coveted South African soloists to a musical suite written by Film and Television composer Nikki Saks, based on Tchaikovsky’s original score.

Both quirky and classical, the circus is set in an unusual rotunda, but will feature some recognisable highlights such as The Nutcracker Pas De Deux, danced by the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince Coqueluche.

Choreographed by acclaimed Choreographer and Creative David Gouldie, with his extensive experience across the South African theatrical landscape, he brings 38 characters to life through the magic and mastery of movement." - #SandtonCentral 

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