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London Ballet Tickets 2024

Discover the breathtaking variety of ballet in London, performed by some of the most prestigious companies in the world. The West End is the place to be if you want to watch incredible musicals in London, but you can also enjoy gorgeous dance performances in the capital. Why not try the London Coliseum's acclaimed productions, with music by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky? Or head to the Peacock Theatre and Sadler's Wells where dynamic new work that combines ballet and contemporary dance bursts off the stage.

Boasting stunning sets, beautiful dancing, and soaring music, ballet shows enchant thousands of theatregoers every year, and for many become a London Christmas theatre tradition to enjoy again and again. Book ballet tickets in London and inspire a joy of dance that will stay with you forever.

1. The Nutcracker: a festive tradition for the whole family

The Nutcracker London
The Nutcracker London
The Nutcracker is a major part of the West End’s festive season, and a show that many theatregoers have enjoyed more than once. Featuring stunning costumes and set design, beautiful dances and Tchaikovsky's heart-stopping music, this enchanting story about a young girl’s adventures in the Land of Snow delivers a sprinkle of wintry magic that the whole family can enjoy.
from £20.50
Opens December 2024

2. Giselle: a bewitching tale of love, betrayal and revenge

Giselle London
Giselle London
Renowned choreographer Mary Skeaping’s haunting production returns to London for a limited season. Adolphe Adams’ lush, emotionally-charged score accompanies the tragic story of a peasant girl who is deceived and betrayed by her lover, and is tempted into vengeance by an unholy sisterhood. This enthralling production is back in the capital for one week only.
from £20.50
Opens January 2025

3. Swan Lake: the breathtaking ballet, performed in-the-round

Swan Lake London
Swan Lake London
Tchaikovsky’s passionate score collides with breathtaking choreography in Derek Deane's acclaimed version of the world's favourite ballet, performed by the English National Ballet. Audiences will be awe-struck by this in-the-round performance at one of London's most impressive venues, as the floor is transformed into a shimmering lake. This is ballet at its most enchanting, but it is fleeting - Swan Lake plays for just fourteen performances.

Where can I watch ballet in London?

The English National Ballet is one of the best dance companies in the world, with performances often taking place at the London Coliseum. Theatregoers can watch the company’s productions at the Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells as well. The latter, along with the Peacock Theatre, are also creative hubs for brand-new work by new and upcoming dance companies and choreographers.

What is the most popular ballet show?

The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets ever produced, and has played a festive season at the London Coliseum for more than 50 years. It is so popular that is often sells out in advance, and theatregoers book ahead to make sure the whole family can enjoy this iconic show together.

More recently, choreographer Matthew Bourne’s productions have become very popular. His distinctive style often blends dance with other influences such as musical theatre. Some of his most well-known works are Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake which famously had an all-male company of swans, and The Red Shoes.

What should I wear to the ballet in London?

There is no strict dress code for attending ballet shows in London, and you are welcome to wear whatever is most comfortable, including jeans.

Some people like to attend in formal wear, especially if they are seeing an evening performance, gala, or visiting for a special occasion. You are likely to see a wide variety of outfits from casual to dresses and heels, especially for Christmas performances when children may enjoy dressing up.

What children’s ballet shows are in London in 2023?

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre is one of the best dance shows for children and families, and a fantastic introduction to the genre for young theatregoers. Its familiar story and music, festive connotations and playful costumes make it an engaging choice and special experience.

Other dance shows for kids in London often play limited seasons at the Peacock Theatre. These are fun, short versions of classics including Swan Lake and Cinderella.
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