11 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015


London Coliseum

11 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015

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On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.

With iconic choreography and the Orchestra of English National Ballet performing Tchaikovsky’s soaring score (featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers), English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unmissable Christmas treat for the whole family. 

★★★★★ “Dazzling” 
The Daily Telegraph 

The Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Metro 

“Christmas-card perfect”
The Guardian 

“This is now a contender as one of the best Nutcrackers around” 
The Daily Express



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Running Time

2 hours 15 minutes including 1 interval


Clara’s bedroom
It is Christmas Eve; Clara’s family is having a party and everyone is invited. All the family is excited, especially Clara and Freddie who are looking forward to seeing their friends and Father Christmas. Clara is especially excited about seeing her best friend Charlotte whilst their mother and big sister Louise look on fondly. Outside people skate on the frozen Thames.

The Party
Dr Drosselmeyer, a rather mysterious old family friend, arrives. With him is his nephew, fresh from Military School. The guests arrive, presents are starting to gather under the Christmas tree and the children’s excitement builds. Dr Drosselmeyer introduces a puppet theatre, in which puppets perform to the delight of the guests. Louise and her three admirers are inspired to dance by the puppets’ performance. Dr Drosselmeyer presents Clara with her Christmas present – a Nutcracker doll. Clara is thrilled and begins to dance with her new much-loved gift. Freddie grabs the doll so enthusiastically from Clara that he manages to break it. In despair, Clara turns to Dr Drosselmeyer for help. He, as if by magic, manages to put the doll back together again. Clara is delighted and forgives her brother. The guests depart, the children go up to bed and the house becomes eerily quiet.

The Battle
Clara has a nightmare in which her Nutcracker is attacked by the evil Mouse King. The clock strikes midnight. Giant rats and mice led by the Mouse King appear as the living room undergoes a transformation. The Nutcracker becomes a dashing soldier and a battle between the two sides ensues. The Mouse King and his army are victorious and the Nutcracker is injured. Everything melts away to leave Clara and the Nutcracker alone as snow starts to fall.

The Land of Snow

The living room is magically turned into a winter wonderland filled with sparkling snowflakes. Clara dances with the Nutcracker who seems to be Drosselmeyer’s nephew. The Mouse King pursues Clara through the snow. Clara, the nephew and Dr Drosselmeyer escape in a balloon, flying across the glistening, frosty landscape with the Mouse King clinging onto the side.


The Puppet Theatre

The balloon lands beside the puppet theatre. Dancers from all over the world representing China, Arabia, Russia and Spain come to life and leap out of the theatre. The Mouse King is finally vanquished by the heroic nephew and a magnificent celebration begins. The dancers perform divertissements. The puppet theatre disappears to reveal a beautiful garden, amongst which dancers perform the Waltz of the Flowers. Finally, Clara dances a glorious pas de deux as the Sugar Plum Fairy with the nephew as the Prince. They are joined by all the characters from around the world.

Suddenly Clara wakes up with a jolt back in her bedroom. Freddie and Clara run outside into the snow to wave a final goodbye to Drosselmeyer and his nephew.

Choreography by Wayne Eagling
Based on concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Design by Peter Farmer
Lighting by David Richardson

Prices and Discounts

Prices and discounts for tour venues can be found on their respective websites (follow the booking link above). 


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2 January 2015 
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4 January 2015 (Matinee) [Family Friendly Performance]



£79, £69

Dress Circle

£79, £69, £59, £45

Upper Circle

£59, £45, £39, £29


£29, £19, £14

Box Seat

£69, £59

Online booking fee £1.75 per transaction. Telephone and postal booking fee £3.50 per transaction. No fee when booking in person at the Box Office.

Multi-buy discount 
Book for two different productions at the same time and save 15%Book for three different productions at the same time and save 20% 

Groups: 10+ 

10% off per ticket - available on all price bands 

Groups: 50+ 

20% off per ticket - available on all price bands and a pair of free tickets for the organiser 


- Only one discount per ticket. 
- Subject to availability
- Available on all performances and all price bands unless stated otherwise. 

up to two children may attend half price with every adult seat purchased. 

Family Friendly Performance 
4 January 2015 matinee performance only. 
Children under 5yrs may attend and up to two children under 16 can go free with each full paying adult.

Students/Senior Citizens/Westminster/Rescard/Registered Unemployed
Save £5 off each ticket 

Under 30s
Two-for-one stalls or dress circle tickets (applies to top price tickets only). Available on phone bookings only. 

Schools£8 per pupil + 1 teacher ticket per ten students (available on selected areas on 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 Dec 2:30pm performances).

Wheelchair Rate

Friends of English National Ballet
£10 off top three prices. Limited to 4 tickets per performance.

English National Ballet reserves the right to make changes to the programme, casting, dates, times, discounts, and prices as necessary. 

Casting is subject to change. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible via our website and social media.

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28 Dec 2014 [Matinee]

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Prince

Max Westwell Junior Soloist Nutcracker

29 Dec 2014 [Matinee]

Ksenia Ovsyanick Soloist Clara

Max Westwell Junior Soloist Prince

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Nutcracker

29 Dec 2014

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Prince

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nutcracker

30 Dec 2014 [Matinee]

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist Clara

Ken Saruhashi First Artist Prince

Daniele Silingardi Artist of the Company Nutcracker

30 Dec 2014

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Clara

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Prince

Max Westwell Junior Soloist Nutcracker

2 Jan 2015

Laurretta Summerscales First Soloist Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Prince

Max Westwell Junior Soloist Nutcracker

3 Jan 2015 [Matinee]

Elena Glurdjidze Lead Principal Clara

Casey Herd Guest Artist Prince

Nathan Young Artist of the Company Nutcracker

3 Jan 2015

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Prince

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nutcracker

4 Jan 2015 [Matinee]

Ksenia Ovsyanick Soloist Clara

Max Westwell Junior Soloist Prince

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Nutcracker

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