he first made it in 1992! ;]
Matthew Bourne used the original score by Tchaikovsky - he says that it is the music that draws him to make the works he does.
she was ungly
Yes You can find them in Act 2 scene 8 - By Invitation Only They dance to the Trepak music (the Russian dance) from Petipa's original
It is a coming of age story. Clara falls in love with the Nutcracker but he seems to have eyes for Sugar! Act 2 is all about Clara trying to get into the wedding. The ending is, of course, a happy one with true love conquering all & Clara changes from a girl to a woman!