Nutcracker

23 Nov 2016 – 2 Dec 2017

Performances

Milton Keynes Theatre

23 Nov 2016 – 26 Nov 2016

Liverpool Empire

29 Nov 2016 – 3 Dec 2016

London Coliseum

14 Dec 2016 – 7 Jan 2017

Box Office: 020 7845 9300

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2017/2018 SEASON ON SALE Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

29 Nov 2017 – 2 Dec 2017

Box Office: 02380 711811

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The magical Christmas ballet for all the family.

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live.

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.

From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable Christmas treat.

Nutcracker returns in 2016 with performances in Milton Keynes, Liverpool and at the London Coliseum where over 73,000 audience members – young and old – made it part of their holiday celebrations last year.

★★★★★ 
"Dazzling” 
The Daily Telegraph 

★★★★
"Delicately charming"

Financial Times

“Christmas-card perfect”
The Guardian 

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

AUDIENCE REACTION

"Dreamy", "Classical ballet at its best", "absolutely enchanting" – read what audiences are saying about Nutcracker here.

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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

DISCOUNTS FOR NUTCRACKER AT THE LONDON COLISEUM

Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability.

Available on all performances and all price bands unless stated otherwise.

CHILDREN
Up to two children (under 16) can attend half price with every full paying adult. Children under 5 are not allowed in the auditorium, except at Family-Friendly Performances.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES 
Tue 3 Jan, 2.30pm & Sat 7 Jan, 2.30pm
Children under 5 may attend these performances, and up to two children under 16 can go free with each full paying adult.

ENB FRIENDS
20% off dress and upper circle seats, max. 6 per person. Call Box Office to book.

MULTIBUY DISCOUNTS
Book for Nutcracker and Giselle  (at the London Coliseum) at the same time and save 20%.

GROUPS: 10+
Save 30% per ticket. Valid Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (all performances) and Friday matinees. (Not valid on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays). Call Box Office to book.
Accelerator rate: save 35% per ticket if booked by 31 July.

STUDENTS / SENIOR CITIZENS / WESTMINSTER RESCARD / REGISTERED UNEMPLOYED
£5 off each ticket.

UNDER 30’S
Two-for-one on top-price tickets (normally £79 per ticket). Call Box Office to book. Tickets will be held for collection.

SCHOOLS MATINEES 
Thu 15 Dec, 2.30pm & Wed 4 Jan, 2.30pm
£8 per pupil + 1 free teacher ticket per ten students. Available on selected areas only. For all other performances, the Groups rate and conditions apply.

WHEELCHAIR RATE £19/£9.50

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

Milton Keynes Theatre

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Wednesday 23 November, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Clara

Cesar Corrales First Soloist Nephew

James Forbat First Soloist Nutcracker

Thursday 24 November, 2.30pm

Crystal Costa First Soloist Clara

James Forbat First Soloist Nephew

Vitor Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Thursday 24 November, 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Junor Souza First Soloist Nephew

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nutcracker

Friday 25 November, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Clara

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Nephew

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Saturday 26 November, 2.30pm

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist Clara

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nephew

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Saturday 26 November, 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

Liverpool Empire

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Tuesday 29 November, 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

Wednesday 30 November, 7.30pm

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Nephew

Jinhao Zhang First Artist Nutcracker

Thursday 1 December, 2.30pm

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Nephew

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Thursday 1 December, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Clara

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Nephew

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Friday 2 December, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Nephew

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Saturday 3 December, 2.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Clara

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Nephew

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Saturday 3 December, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Clara

Cesar Corrales First Soloist Nephew

James Forbat First Soloist Nutcracker

London Coliseum

- Hide Casting

Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

Thursday 15 December, 2.30pm

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist Clara

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nephew

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Thursday 15 December, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Clara

Cesar Corrales First Soloist Nephew

James Forbat First Soloist Nutcracker

Friday 16 December, 2.30pm

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Nephew

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Friday 16 December, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Clara

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Nephew

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Saturday 17 December, 2.30pm

Begoña Cao Principal Clara

Junor Souza First Soloist Nephew

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nutcracker

Saturday 17 December, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Clara

Cesar Corrales First Soloist Nephew

James Forbat First Soloist Nutcracker

Sunday 18 December, 2.30pm

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Nephew

Jinhao Zhang First Artist Nutcracker

Tuesday 20 December, 2.30pm

Crystal Costa First Soloist Clara

James Forbat First Soloist Nephew

Vitor Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Tuesday 20 December, 7.30pm

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist Clara

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nephew

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Wednesday 21 December, 2.30pm

Begoña Cao Principal Clara

Junor Souza First Soloist Nephew

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nutcracker

Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Clara

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Nephew

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Thursday 22 December, 2.30pm

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Nephew

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Thursday 22 December, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Clara

Cesar Corrales First Soloist Nephew

James Forbat First Soloist Nutcracker

Friday 23 December, 2.30pm

Begoña Cao Principal Clara

Junor Souza First Soloist Nephew

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nutcracker

Friday 23 December, 7.30pm

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Nephew

Jinhao Zhang First Artist Nutcracker

Saturday 24 December, 1pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

Monday 26 December, 5pm

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Nephew

Jinhao Zhang First Artist Nutcracker

Tuesday 27 December, 2.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

Tuesday 27 December, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Nephew

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Wednesday 28 December, 2.30pm

Crystal Costa First Soloist Clara

James Forbat First Soloist Nephew

Vitor Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Wednesday 28 December, 7.30pm

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist Clara

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nephew

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Thursday 29 December, 2.30pm

Begoña Cao Principal Clara

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nephew

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nutcracker

Thursday 29 December, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Nephew

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Friday 30 December, 2.30pm

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist Clara

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist Nephew

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nutcracker

Friday 30 December, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Clara

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Nephew

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nutcracker

Saturday 31 December, 1pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

Tuesday 3 January, 2.30pm

Crystal Costa First Soloist Clara

James Forbat First Soloist Nephew

Vitor Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Tuesday 3 January, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company Clara

Yonah Acosta Principal Nephew

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Wednesday 4 January, 2.30pm

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Nephew

Jinhao Zhang First Artist Nutcracker

Wednesday 4 January, 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Clara

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nephew

Junor Souza First Soloist Nutcracker

Thursday 5 January, 7.30pm

Begoña Cao Principal Clara

Aitor Arrieta Junior Soloist Nephew

Emilio Pavan Soloist Nutcracker

Friday 6 January, 7.30pm

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist Clara

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist Nephew

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Nutcracker

Saturday 7 January, 2.30pm

Crystal Costa First Soloist Clara

James Forbat First Soloist Nephew

Vitor Menezes Artist of the Company Nutcracker

Saturday 7 January, 7.30pm

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Clara

Alejandro Virelles Principal Nephew

Jinhao Zhang First Artist Nutcracker

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