The Nutcracker at London Coliseum tickets
The Nutcracker at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

The English National Ballet’s acclaimed production of Nutcracker returned to the London Coliseum this Christmas, in an utterly enchanting ballet that was perfect for all the family.

Over 100 of the world’s best dancers and musicians brought the classic ballet to life, with beautiful dancing, exquisite sets and Tchaikovsky’s incredible and unforgettable score performed live.

Set on a glistening Christmas Eve in a frosty Edwardian London, Clara and her magical Nutcracker doll find an enchanting world, where she fights with the Mouse King and discovers a good looking stranger. As it begins to get more freezing, Clara and her brave Nutcracker doll, journey in a hot air balloon across the London sky towards the sparkling Land of Snow, where her journey really begins.

The English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is an entirely unforgettable Christmas treat, from the moment you hear the noise of the orchestra tuning up their instruments, all the way up until the ending cheers and bows, this is perfect festive outing.

The English National Ballet’s production had toured around the UK, before performing in the beautiful London Coliseum, where it played to over 73,000 audience members of all ages.

This production had received glowing reviews in previous years, including 5 stars from the Daily Telegraph, who described it as ‘dazzling’, while The Guardian described it as ‘Christmas-card perfect’ and The Daily Express stated that ‘This is now a contender as one of the best Nutcrackers around’.

The English National Ballet’s Nutcracker was choreographed by Wayne Eagling and was based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, with design by Peter Farmer and Lighting by David Richardson.

The Nutcracker was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. It is an adaptation of the E. T. A. Hoffmann story titled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King which in turn was adapted into Alexander Dumas’ story The Nutcracker. The ballet had its premiere in St Petersburg in December 1892 and over the 20th century has become established as an unforgettable Christmas classic.

The English National Ballet’s Nutcracker was one of the greatest stage highlights of Christmas 2016, and opened at the London Coliseum on 14th December 2016, with performances having continued over Christmas until 7th January 2017.

Recommended for

The English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is highly recommended for families of all ages, with this perfect and beautiful festive story being ideal for getting anyone in the festive mood during a Christmas outing.

The beautiful staging of Tchakovski’s most famous ballet also makes it an ideal production for those who are coming to the London Coliseum for the first time.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 5+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 14 Dec 2016
Booking from: 27 Dec 2016
Booking until: 07 Jan 2017

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

15 Reviews Add review

eloisebarnes 5'4", 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I have seen better Nutcrackers to be honest and was expecting something more. Soloists were ok. Costumes were a bit of a let down.

zoemason 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Stunning set. Wonderful performance - really gets you in the mood for Christmas.

catherinebunting 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

jennavickers 9 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Absolutely gorgeous and full of Christmas atmosphere. Pastel colours, beautiful costumes and arrangements. Very recommendable.

patriciacg 172cm, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A Christmas must! And in a such lovely venue! Wow!

dadavila 171cm, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The ballet was magical Highly recommend

pumpkin08 5' 2", 64 reviews, 0 helpful votes

andreabizzotto 178cm, 262 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Beautiful - just a beautiful Christmas show!!

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 589 helpful votes