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Soar over the Land of Snow with Tchaikovsky's exquisite ballet, now a Christmas tradition for London theatregoers. Best for age 5+.

Nutcracker London Tickets Are a Christmas Tradition

Drift into a winter wonderland with The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. This quintessential ballet has been the sparkling star of London Christmas theatre for over 50 years, and generations of families have flocked to see the world-famous English National Ballet’s whimsical and awe-inspiring production. As the nights draw in, the story of Clara and her magical companion is ready to welcome you into the festive season.

The Nutcracker Story

On a frosty Christmas Eve in Edwardian London, Clara is gifted an enchanted Nutcracker who sweeps her off to a magical new world. With her valiant companion by her side, Clara meets handsome strangers, defeats the dastardly Mouse King, and floats above the Land of Snow in a hot air balloon.

This exquisite story brings dance, music and magical storytelling to the West End, with an array of extraordinary characters leaping - and often pirouetting - across the stage including mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, and her handsome Cavalier.

Over 100 world-class dancers and musicians transform the Coliseum stage into a winter wonderland in the English National Ballet’s sumptuous production, which transports audiences from the austere surroundings of Clara’s London into the wonderful, fanciful and sometimes menacing new world, brimming with adventure.

Wayne Eagling's iconic choreography is a sight to behold as the rousing score, by Tchaikovsky, soars through the auditorium.

Who wrote the Nutcracker music?

Russian composer Tchaikovsky wrote The Nutcracker’s famous score, which has whimsy and childlike wonder thrumming beneath every note.

Even if you have never watched a ballet or listened to classical music before, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the sprightly notes of Tchaikovsky’s “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” or the wonderfully varied “The Nutcracker Suite”.

There is nothing quite like hearing the opening of this beloved and world-famous work echo through the auditorium at the beautiful London Coliseum. Audiences have been left inspired for generations by the fusion of dance and music that makes this wonderful production so enduring.

The History of The Nutcracker Ballet

With thousands watching it in London and across the UK every year, this popular ballet has become richly entwined with the Christmas season. It is based on an 1816 children’s story, E.T.A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, that was later taken by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and transformed into a soaring work of classical music.

The English National Ballet first presented the ballet at the Stoll Theatre in 1950, and for many years since, it has been a major draw for audiences of all ages at the London Coliseum. The Nutcracker’s fascinating and storied history means it is now one of the most popular ballets of all time, and a must-see with tickets selling out year after year.

Experience the Magic with Nutcracker Tickets

This exquisite ballet has captivated theatregoers for generations, with families returning again and again to revel in the delights of its beautiful dancing, costumes and music. Book tickets to experience this festive favourite for yourself this Christmas.

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Nutcracker Tickets

From £32.40

Rated Excellent
Performance dates:
19 Dec 2023 - 07 Jan 2024
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 5+. Under 5s not permitted at most performances.
Audience Notes:
Please note only children aged 5+ are allowed in the auditorium except for the family-friendly performance: Saturday 6 January 2.30pm where children under 5 are allowed.

Please note that we do not sell concession tickets for The Nutcracker. If you are attending with children aged between 5 and 15 years, you can purchase child tickets on the London Coliseum website.

Latest Audience Reviews

The set design created wonderful painterly tableaux, for example in the beautiful opening skating... More

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claref3 01 Jan 2020

Amazing, amazing, amazing show! I had read most of the original book, but, however, I would have... More

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zahras1 01 Jan 2020

The Nutcracker brings instant Christmas cheer, everything about it is joyous. The children are wo... More

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cherylmorris 07 Jan 2020

The perfect Christmas story, told beautifully. Despite knowing this was a family performance, I w... More

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cherylmorris 07 Jan 2020

Loved this traditional style performance. The scenery was magical, the dancing superb with beauti... More

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irag2 30 Dec 2019

First half was great but the second half needed more story and set decorations. Dancing was very... More

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alisoni5 29 Dec 2022

Tickets FAQ

How much are The Nutcracker tickets?

Ticket prices start at around £20 and cost up to £120 depending on the performance date and availability.

What are the most expensive tickets for The Nutcracker?

Tickets in the front rows of the Dress Circle offer an unparalleled experience at this magical ballet, and cost about £120.

To take in the full grandeur of the sets and choreography, choose seats like A33, which is described as “fantastic [...] probably the best in the house.” From here, you will be swept up by the music, dancing and stunning story with a clear view down to the stage.

How can I get cheap tickets for The Nutcracker?

This hugely popular ballet always sells very well in advance, so the best way to get cheaper tickets is to book ahead, especially if you have your heart set on a performance in the weeks before and after Christmas.

It is worth looking at seats at either end of the rows in the Circle sections, such as Upper Circle D3, to save some money on tickets. These seats are often rated 4* by SeatPlan users with a distant but clear view of the stage and are 10% cheaper than central seats on the same row. This adds up to a great saving if you are attending as a family.

Discounts and offers are very rare for this show, but you can sign up for an Alert to be notified of any that go live.

What else would you like to know?

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