New version of The Nutcracker explores ‘tough nut’ masculinity

Choreographer Drew McOnie’s version of the festive sweet-treat ballet will have a male hero and aims to ‘represent those who felt it wasn’t for them’

It is a sweet treat of a ballet that enchants festive theatregoers and has introduced successive generations to dance. But The Nutcracker’s cultural stereotypes, including in its Chinese and Arabian dances, have long caused offence and some audiences have also been alienated by its representation of class and family life.

Step forward Drew McOnie, the Olivier award-winning director and choreographer, who is creating a new production that is “representative of all the people who perhaps felt like The Nutcracker wasn’t necessarily for them”.

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