The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet

The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet

Royal Opera House

5/5 based on 1 review (read reviews)
  • Booking until: Wednesday, 10 January 2018
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (one interval)
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The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet description

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

Playing at Royal Opera House

Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD (venue info)

Royal Opera House Directions

Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 5+. 

Important information

There will be cameras filming in the audiorium during the 7.30pm performance on 5 December 2017.

Performance Times
Mon 14:30 19:30
Tue 14:30 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu 14:00 19:00
Fri 12:00 19:00
Sat 12:30 19:00
Sun - -