A CHRISTMAS production of 'The Nutcracker' could have fallen flat on its face because of a receivership battle involving a theatre.
Patrons arriving for the performance by the National Ballet of Ireland at the TI Royal Theatre in Castlebar were confronted by barriers which had been erected earlier in the day.
It was billed as "a sparkling, timeless Christmas cracker" but the performance was in doubt.
However, up to 1,000 patrons, many of them youngsters accompanied by their parents, were able to gain entry after being diverted by theatre staff around the wire mesh blockade.
Gardai monitored the ongoing situation from a 4X4 but there were no incidents and the performance went ahead as planned.