First gig of the year for the Pie Tribe who went to the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool to hear the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform the Nutcracker. This performance was performed against the backdrop of a 1993 film version of the Nutcraker based on George Balanchine's Ballet version with the New York Ballet, including in the cast a non dancing McCauley Culkin. The orchestra was conducted by Carl Davis.
Unlike the Pieman's previous experience with watching Ballet he wasn't allowed to fall asleep this time. As several nudges in the first half alone were given when the nodding dog started and before snoring began. On the way out chocolate was handed out which is nice, Pie would have been better, but chocolate will suffice.