The Nutcracker

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Booking from 12 December 2024 until 12 January 2025

Enjoy a magical festive tradition with The Nutcracker ballet tickets 

Escape into one of theatre’s most enduring festive traditions as The Nutcracker ballet returns to the London Coliseum stage this Christmas. English National Ballet’s enchanting production has been an audience favourite for over 50 years and now Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkins’ new version keeps the magic alive for future generations. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking music and exquisite dance from a world-class company, this classic ballet is an unforgettable experience for the whole family to treasure. 

On a snowy Christmas Eve in Edwardian London, young Clara unwraps a present. Inside the paper is an enchanted Nutcracker, who takes her hand and takes her on a remarkable adventure. As the pair fly off to a dazzling new world, they meet mysterious strangers, defeat the evil Mouse King, and drift above the Land of Snow in a hot air balloon.

The Nutcracker ballet is one of the West End’s sweetest Christmas treats, wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s famous score. Every year, theatregoers take their seats at the Coliseum, ready to be thrilled by the notes of the Nutcracker Suite ringing across the auditorium – including the famous “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers”. 

This new retelling is choreographed by English National Ballet Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkins and Olivier Award-winner Arielle Smith (Jolly Folly) with showstopper sets and costumes designed by Dick Bird. Audiences are transported from Edwardian London to a frosty winter wonderland and the vibrant Land of Sweets, accompanied by world-class dancers leaping across the stage and the English National Ballet Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky’s score live.

It simply isn’t Christmas in London without The Nutcracker ballet, and this new version celebrates the sensory delight, drama and enchantment of the show for all ages. Tickets sell quickly every year, so book early to be in the crowd.

Child friendly?

The Nutcracker ballet is suitable for ages 5+. Concession tickets are available at the box office.