Nutcracker

20 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014

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Liverpool Empire

20 Nov 2013 – 23 Nov 2013

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London Coliseum

11 Dec 2013 – 5 Jan 2014

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Friends' Priority Booking

26 Mar 2013 at 10:00am

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Public Booking

8 Apr 2013 at 10:00am

Generously supported by
Swarovski, the Garfield Weston Foundation and Nutcracker Appeal donors.

Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family. 

On an enchanted Christmas Eve, under the heavy boughs of the candlelit tree Clara battles with the Mouse King and falls in love with a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder and snowflakes begin to fall, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across the frost-dusted London skyline to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.

In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. This classical production is a magical, memorable and unmissable Christmas treat.

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Running Time

2 hours 15 minutes including 1 interval

ACT I

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.

ACT II

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

Ticket Deals - London Coliseum

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Stalls £69 - £79 £65 - £74.50 £59.50 - £67.50 £66 - £74.50
Dress Circle £45 - £79 £40 - £74.50 £35 - £67.50 £40 - £74.50
Upper Circle £29 - £59 £25 - £55 £25 - £49.50 £25 - £55
Balacony £29 - £14 £10 - £25 £10 - £25 £10 - £25
Box Seat £59 - £69 £55 - £65 £49.50 - £59.50 £55 - £65

Performances

Wed 11 Dec 7:30pm [Blue]
Thur 12 Dec 2:30pm [Red]
Thur 12 Dec 7:30pm [Blue]
Fri 13 Dec 7:30pm [Blue]
Sat 14 Dec 2:30pm [Gold]
Sat 14 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Mon 16 Dec 2:30pm [Red]
Mon 16 Dec 7:30pm [Blue]
Tue 17 Dec 2:30pm [Red]
Tue 17 Dec 7:30pm [Blue]
Wed 18 Dec 2:30pm [Red]
Wed 18 Dec 7:30pm [Blue]
Thu 19 Dec 2:30pm [Red]
Thur 19 Dec 7:30pm [Blue]
Fri 20 Dec 2:30pm [Red]
Fri 20 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Sat 21 Dec 2:30pm [Gold]
Sat 21 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Mon 23 Dec 2:30pm [Gold] 
Mon 23 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Tue 24 Dec 1:00pm [Gold]
Thu 26 Dec 2:30pm [Gold]
Thu 26 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Fri 27 Dec 2:30pm [Gold]
Fri 27 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Sat 28 Dec 2:30pm [Gold]
Sat 28 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Sun 29 Dec 2:30pm [Gold]
Mon 30 Dec 2:30pm [Gold]
Mon 30 Dec 7:30pm [Gold]
Tue 31 Dec 1:00pm [Gold]
Thu 2 Jan 2:30pm [Family]
Thu 2 Jan 7:30pm [Blue]
Fri 3 Jan 2:30pm [Blue]
Fri 3 Jan 7:30pm [Blue]
Sat 4 Jan 2:30pm [Gold]
Sat 4 Jan 7:30pm [Gold]
Sun 5 Jan 2:30pm [Blue]

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Children
up to two children can attend half price with every adult [excluding Fri / Sat evening performances (top three seat prices only)]

Discounts
Only available on top 3 price bands
Not available on Saturday evenings or GOLD performances
Only one discount per ticket
Subject to availability

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

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

Schools
£8 per pupil + 1 free teacher ticket per ten students (available on all RED and BLACK performances)

Groups: 10+
save £10 off each ticket

Groups: 50+
save £15 off each ticket

Family Friendly
Children under 5yrs may attend and up to two children under 16 can go free with each full-paying adult. 2 January performance only.

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.

Ticket Deals - Liverpool

Family
Up to two children can attend half price withe every adult. 

Under 26 / Senior Citizens / Registered Unemployed
£5 off each ticket.

Full-time Students
£10 on opening night (available 1 month prior to opening night) - save £5 on other performances. 

Schools
£8 per pupil + 1 free teacher ticket per ten students. 

Groups: 10+
£5 off each ticket. 

Groups: 20+£6 off each ticket. 

Transaction Fees / Booking Fees may apply. 

Family Friend Performance

London Coliseum
2 Jan 2013, 2:30pm

Children go free!
For one performance only children under 5 years are able to attend Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. Not only can they attend, but as a Family Friendly performance we allow up to two children under 16 to come along free with each full-paying adult. With tickets starting from £10* it is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the sparkling sensation that is Nutcracker. These performances do book quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment. Family Friendly tickets can only be bought via the London Coliseum’s Box Office on 020 7845 9300.

* Transaction fees apply: £3.50 for telephone bokings and £1.75 for online bookings. For personal callers at the box office no booking fee applies.

London Coliseum

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4 Jan 2014 [Matinee]

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Clara

Dmitri Gruzdyev Lead Principal Nephew

Max Westwell Junior Soloist Nutcracker

4 Jan 2014

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal Clara

Zdenek Konvalina Lead Principal Nephew

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Nutcracker

5 Jan 2014 [Matinee]

Elena Glurdjidze Lead Principal Clara

Arionel Vargas Principal Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

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