About the show
Featuring over 100 of the world’s very best dancers and musicians, this legendary ballet comprises breath-taking sets, exquisite performances and of course, Tchaikovsky’s brilliant and timeless score played live.
The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll who find a magical world one glistening Christmas Eve in a frosty Edwardian London. After together battling with the Mouse King, she stumbles upon a handsome stranger, before taking a journey in a hot air balloon across the London sky towards the twinkling Land of Snow, where her adventure truly begins.
The show is a completely unforgettable festive treat, from the opening chords to the final bow, it never feels quite like Christmas until you have experienced The Nutcracker.
This incredible production has toured all over the UK and London for many years, having delighted tens of thousands of audience members. Being described by The Guardian as ‘Christmas-card perfect’ and The Daily Telegraphy as ‘dazzling’, while The Daily Express said that it was ‘one of the best Nutcrackers around’.
Choreographed by the acclaimed Wayne Eagling and originally conceived alongside Toer van Schayak, The Nutcracker features design by Peter Farmer and Lighting by David Richardson.
After first having its premiere in St Petersburg in December 1892, The Nutcracker has slowly become a Christmas classic, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, alongside Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. The Nutcracker started life as an adaptation of E. T. A Hoffman’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse which was later adapted by Alexander Dumas.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting shows this Christmas, The Nutcracker is set to begin performances at the ENO’s London Coliseum on 13th December 2017, being set to run over the festive period until 6th January 2017.
Recommended forPerfect for anyone who wants to get into the Christmas spirit with a truly spectacular ballet. The ENO restricts access to only children over 5 years old, however for older children this can make an unforgettable first ballet, with spectacle and enchantment in abundance.
Age Recommendations: Children under 5 will not be admitted. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.