Birmingham Royal Ballet

The Nutcracker Setting the Stage Appeal

Christmas 2020 marks 30 years since Sir Peter Wright created The Nutcracker for BRB. The sets of this magical production require substantial work to preserve them for the future. We will also be using a small proportion of funds raised to extend the costume refurbishment started last year.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1061012)

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It is nearly 30 years since Sir Peter Wright created The Nutcracker. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen this wonderful ballet, including many families watching ballet for the first time. The beautiful sets and costumes, created by the renowned designer John Macfarlane, have been used for over 1000 performances and have suffered significant wear and tear. Substantial work is now urgently required to ensure that these sets and costumes can continue to dazzle audiences for decades to come.


Last year we raised funds to restore the costumes in most urgent need of repair and refurbishment. We will now turn our attention to restoring the sets and remaining costumes. Working with specialist design workshops alongside the original designer John Macfarlane, Birmingham Royal Ballet will repair and restore the sets and props to their full splendour. With the sets, props and costumes restored The Nutcracker will regain its original sparkle and lustre to celebrate its 30th anniversary.