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.