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Here you can see the cover of the programme from the 1990 premiere of our production of The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome. The stunning artwork shows John F. Macfarlane’s original design for King Rat, the villain of the story. Underneath we’ve posted a pair of backstage photos showing a dancer in full rat regalia, taken last time we danced the ballet!


We’ve been through the archives to find promotional artwork for every year we’ve danced The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome since the premiere in 1990:

Our production of The Nutcracker returns to Birmingham Hippodrome this winter. Here you can see some of the news coverage of the ballet’s premiere, back in 1990:

You can book tickets for all 2011 performances of the ballet by visiting

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

Birmingham Royal Ballet on twitter