Alberta Invasion!

Hayna Gutierrez of the Alberta Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker and Tyrell Crews, star of Theatre Calgary’s Pride and Prejudice © Photo: Pat McGrath, The Ottawa Citizen
Léda Davies, Terry Tweed, Pierre Brault, Ellen Close, Shannon Taylor © Léda Davies, Terry Tweed, Pierre Brault, Ellen Close, Shannon Taylor
Pride and Prejudice © Pride and Prejudice
Tyrell Crews, Shannon Taylor © Tyrell Crews, Shannon Taylor
The Nutcracker, Alberta Ballet © Alberta Ballet Company Artists
The Nutcracker, Alberta Ballet © Alberta Ballet Company Artists

Alberta Artists are taking the National Arts Centre by storm this week and next. Two of our biggest Christmas blockbuster shows are from Alberta companies this year. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, our co-production with Theatre Calgary, is so popular we have extended the run by three nights until December 12. Adapted for the stage by Janet Munsil, directed by Dennis Garnhum and featuring a cast of 17, the show opened to sell-out crowds in Calgary last month.

And then there’s Alberta Ballet, whose gorgeous production of The Nutcracker runs from Wednesday until Sunday. The ballet is choreographed by Edmund Stripe, with glittering costumes and sets designed by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown. The NAC has regularly presented Alberta Ballet’s works because of the strength of their productions: the company returns April 19-20 with Love Lies Bleeding, a tribute to the work of Sir Elton John and his lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Come be part of the Alberta invasion! 


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