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The Nutcracker - English National Ballet - The all-time classic festive ballet

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Booking from
Thursday, 14 December 2023

Booking until
Sunday, 7 January 2024

Running time
2hr. Incl. 20min interval.

Performance Times

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The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

The English National Ballet has performed this magical tale every year at Xmas since 1950. This year it's due to be just as special as ever. The word on the streets says we're due for a sell-out as audiences flock to the West End post-lockdown. So what's the story? Nutcracker whisks us to a magical Christmas Eve in Edwardian London in 1800s. There's a party going on and Clara is given a fantastic hand-made nutcracker doll by her beloved godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. The doll is amazing and she falls instantly in love with it. But her little brother Freddy is envious and manages to break it. 

That night Clara wakes up to find herself under an enormous Christmas tree, surrounded by human-sized mice going into battle with a load of tin soldiers, led by her Nutcracker doll. And so the magical adventure begins. The show stars more than 100 musicians and dancers, the stunning score is by the classical composer Tchaikovsky, and the choreography comes from Wayne Eagling. The ballet is based on an idea by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, the design is by Peter Farmer and the lighting comes from David Richardson. Are you ready for a beautiful Christmas tradition that delights the whole family?

Audience Latest Reviews

Reviews Summary based on 81 reviews

What to expect








Young Couples:

What a gift!
I got my parents tickets to see this show as a Christmas gift and I could see the joy in their faces at every stage of the show. The music, the performance, the coliseum itself. Everything was just stunning ?. Thank you so so much. I had a fantastic time
Maria, 27 Dec 2023
Must see wonderful.
It had taken us 4 years to see. Because of covid and other illness. But well worth the wait. It was amazing.
Lorraine, 20 Dec 2023
A wonderful story
A lovely classic. Great dancing and music and easy to follow storyline. Only disappointment was the set.would have liked more of the magic!
Alison, 07 Jan 2023
Kept a 6 year old immersed from start to finish!
The venue was very nice, the show engaging and we had a lovely time.
Joy, 02 Jan 2023
A Christmas must-see
The Nutcracker was an utterly magical experience and a wonderful prelude to Christmas. Everything about it was incredible, from the music and dancing to the venue. Thank you so much!
Caroline, 01 Jan 2023
Amazing experience
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience
Diana, 31 Dec 2022
Hugely enjoyed
The whole family had an amazing time. All enjoyed hugely. Simply brilliant
Natalija, 27 Dec 2022
It got this cynic into the Christmas Spirit!
We went to the matinee show and I think it was ideal as lots of children were in the audiance - it was beautiful to catch the look of wonder on their faces. The standard of both music and dance is truly inspiring and I felt it ws the best theatre and ballet that I had seen for years.
Anne-Marie, 24 Dec 2022
I saw the same show 4 years ago. This year was mediocre at best. the lack of synchronisation of the dancers was evident and several mistakes were made.
Cuauhtemoc, 22 Dec 2022
Wonderful music and staging.
Bernadette, 20 Dec 2022
Gorgeous, Christmassy Production!
Saw this lovely Production last year with some girlfriends and was determined to bring my family to see it this year. We all really loved it. Beautiful dancers, music, costumes, everything. An absolutely delightful treat. My two Grandsons Aged 12 and 15 loved their first experience of ballet. Thank you for a truly special event.
Cheryl, 17 Dec 2022
Happy Anniversary
The show was a very happy celebration of our 59th wedding anniversary.
william, 30 Dec 2021
The Nutcracker is a "must" every Christmas!
We all loved the production, except that in Act II - The Kingdom of Sweets - Clara should be sitting watching the dances, they are for her entertainment in the original story, and are part of her magic dream conjured by Herr Drosselmeyer. With Clara offstage throughout these dances they have no connection with the story!!
Diana, 23 Dec 2021