The Nutcracker, a timeless classic of festive season by Tchaikovsky, is coming to Malvern Theatres.

And it will be a big show, all the way from Russia with love.

A spokesman said: “Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live orchestra with over 30 musicians, directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is coming to the UK.

“Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker. Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. The toy magically turns into a prince.”

When midnight strikes, the world transforms itself into the wintry glitter of Christmas Eve. Toys come alive, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins….

Producer Alexej Ignatow, of Amande Concerts, who has co-ordinated the UK tour, said: “We are constantly on the lookout for new challenges, to ensure that our opera and ballet audiences get a chance to experience a wide spectrum of classic pieces.”

Snow flurries, Christmas treats, princes, love, victories and defeats, all to Tchaikovsky’s rousing score. These are just some of the ingredients that are brought together by the renowned Russian State Ballet.

The spokesman added: “The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is a showcase for Russian cultural traditions, bringing as it does the passion and vibrancy of the Russian character to this well-known ballet.

“The company has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality.”

The Nutcracker will be performed in Malvern on December 1.

Tickets: 01684 892277.