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The Nutcracker and the mouse king – great fun for the whole family

The Nutcracker and the mouse king – great fun for the whole family

We were lucky enough to be invited along to see The Nutcracker and the Mouse King at The Cornerstone Theatre in Didcot this weekend.

When I think of The Nutcracker, I think of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, a popular festive show enjoyed by many every year, however the original story written in 1816 by ETA Hoffman is very different to the ballet. The original is a story of Marie and her family, who on Christmas Eve receive a visit from Drosselmeyer, a clock maker who brings them toys that come to life, with a battle taking place between the toys and an evil mouse army led my the Mouse King! At the heart of the story is the power and importance of imagination.

This adaptation is a musical production that has kept to the main theme but has been changed to a modern day setting, and it really is a show for the entire family.

We were all entertained from start to finish, and my two girls were transfixed from the moment they sat down. The show had music, comedy and was performed to an amazingly high standard.

The whole cast were fantastic, and Kate Spencer’s portrayal of the weird and strange character of Drosselmeyer was excellent. The rest of the team including the children were equally as good, and the set, designed by Carla Goodman was both creative and clever.

This was our first visit to the Cornerstone in Didcot and I will definitely be returning again, it is an intimate theatre in a modern environment where you can also enjoy a meal or a drink at their onsite cafe.

In summary, the whole experience was very enjoyable and if you can fit it in this Christmas I would definitely recommend it.


Location: Cornerstone Arts Centre,, 25 Station Road,, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE

Dates: Friday 8 Dec 2017 to Saturday 30 Dec 2017

Prices: £15, Conc £13.50, Members £12 and Family Ticket £50 (4 people which must include 1 child)

For more information and to book your tickets click here or call the box office on 01235 515144.


If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas please click here


We were invited to The Nutcracker and The Mouse King as a guest

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