Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! tickets
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! will play a Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, London in 2021 as it returns to the stage for the first time in nine years. Spellbound audiences will follow Clara's journey on Christmas Eve as she travels from Dr Dross' Orphanage to the mesmerising, giddy kingdom of Sweetieland. Bourne uses his trademark toolbox of wit and magical ballet to bring to life all of the characters she meets along the way. Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! makes the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.
Booking from 7 December 2021 until 30 January 2022
Run time is 2 hours (including interval)

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“Sadler’s Wells” as we know it today is the sixth theatre on the site since 1683, with the final theatre re-built in 1998. The name Sadler’s Wells is derived from the original founder of the theatre, Richard Sadler and a well he found underneath the theatre that was thought to bring healing properties.

Back in the 17th century, the theatre was popular for its music concerts as well as it’s healing spring! Music continued to characterise the theatre, especially opera, up until the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company (now the English National Opera) moved out of the theatre in 1968.

The 18th Century saw veteran clown, Joseph Grimaldi, take to the stage throughout what was essentially a century of comedy and melodrama. Notable performances in the 19th centuries included early productions of A Christmas Carol (1841), a season of Shakespeare plays such as Macbeth (1844) and Anthony and Cleopatra (1849).

The Sadler’s Wells Ballet School was established in 1931 and began touring the UK throughout World War Two, thus really putting Sadler’s Wells as a dance house on the map.

Following the departure of the Opera Company in the late 60’s, Sadler’s Wells started to delve further into the world of dance, realising after the failure of their second Opera Company that dance was the venues niche.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake first performed at Sadler’s Wells in 1995 before touring, which again drew attention to the theatre as a dance house.

The theatre was rebuilt in 1998 and opened with the Rambert Dance Company’s Lolanthe. Since the grand reopening the theatre has exclusively hosted movement and dance performances and regularly host performances from Rambert, Northern Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Scottish Ballet.

In 2019, two Matthew Bourne productions played. A brand new production of Romeo + Juliet premiered in the summer, and The Red Shoes triumphantly returned for the Christmas season.

The acclaimed stage adaptation of Singin' in the Rain played at Sadler's Wells during summer 2021, starring Adam Cooper.

Past Shows

Singin' In The Rain
Singin' In The Rain
(closed 5 Sep 2021)
Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
(closed 19 Jan 2020)
Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet
Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet
(closed 31 Aug 2019)