The national tour of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! has been put back by 12 months because of the ongoing restrictions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The New Adventures version of Tchaikovsky’s sugar sweet favourite, which was previously seen in Liverpool in 2012, was due to come to the Empire next March.
Now the dates have been rearranged with the production visiting the Lime Street theatre from March 1-5 2022.
The rescheduled dates also mean this is the first time in 18 years that New Adventures won’t be performing a Christmas season at Sadlers Wells in London.
Sir Matthew Bourne said: “Today’s announcement is heartbreaking for everyone in the New Adventures family. We love our loyal audiences throughout the UK, and we feel a great sense of sadness that we won't get to perform for you on our annual tour at this time.
“I know there was great anticipation to see this beloved show back after nine years but alas we must wait another year for a return trip to Sweetieland.
“In the meantime, we look forward to shortly announcing a series of adventurous plans, both on and off stage, for 2021 and we live for the day when the curtain rises again on a New Adventures show”.
Nutcracker!, influenced by the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s, follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s enticing sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the classic ballet.
People who had already bought tickets for 2021 will be contacted about transferring their bookings
Nutcracker is at the Liverpool Empire from March 1-5 2022. More HERE