The Daily Telegraph heralded it as – Dazzling, The Guardian as – Christmas Card Perfect; Tru-Diamonds™ simply says, not to be missed.
The English National Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker opens on 16 December 2015 at the London Coliseum. This Edwardian Christmas tale about a young girl named Clara and her Nutcracker doll has enchanted audiences for 123 years. Tchaikovsky’s spectacular score has inspired hundreds of reproductions and interpretations by some of the best companies and ballet dancers across the globe. In celebration, Tru-Diamonds™ has a few tips to offer to prepare for this not to be missed Christmas treat.
For those who have never been to the ballet before, the etiquette may seem somewhat daunting, but in fact, it isn’t. All are welcome and although it may be fun to go the “full monty”, it is not necessary to wear a ball gown to the ballet. Unless you have tickets to Glyndebourne where the dress code is black tie and evening-wear, typical theatre-wear is acceptable for most other opera and ballet performances.
When it comes to picking an outfit, the general rule is to combine comfort and elegance with an accented element of class. A cocktail dress, neat skirt or tailored trousers with an elegant top, heels or ballet flats are all appropriate and can be showstoppers in their own right. After all, the ballet should be treated as an opportunity to step out in style and a striking jewellery piece will top it all off. Whether you go for the timelessness of classic pearl, the alluring brilliance of diamonds or coloured gems to match your ensemble, Tru-Diamonds™ has exactly what you need. Whatever you may choose to wear, remember that comfort is key due to the fact that you will be seated for a number of hours.
Overall, respect for the performers is strongly encouraged. Therefore, remember to switch your phone off and refrain from speaking during the different scenes. That being said, applause after particularly spectacular dances is acceptable, particularly with Russian performers, so don’t be shy to show your appreciation once the dance is done. If tempted to be vocal about your appreciation, you may wish to use a classic Italian cheer- but pay attention to the gender and plural endings. It’s ‘bravo’ for a man, ‘brava’ for a woman and ‘bravi’ for the entire cast. Whistling is also permitted.
The English National Ballet production of The Nutcracker will play at the London Coliseum from 16 December 2015 to 10 January 2016