Nutcracker Delights

03 Dec - 03 Jan
Approx. 75 minutes
No interval
A box of ballet treats for the festive season

Step inside the London Coliseum and open a box filled with exquisite dancing, beautiful live music, and festive cheer.

English National Ballet has been performing a version of Nutcracker every year since 1950. In 2020, the tradition lives on. With this special production, let our dancers and musicians take you on a whirlwind tour of the classic ballet’s most popular moments, with Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live.

Join Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker on a hot air balloon ride to the Land of Snow, and enjoy iconic scenes featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snowflakes, Flowers and more.

Packed with delicious divertissements, Nutcracker Delights will be an unforgettable Christmas treat: make it a part of your holiday celebrations this year.

The performance will run for approximately 75 minutes with no interval.

Priority booking opens for Friends of English National Ballet on Mon 26 Oct 12pm. General booking opens on Wed 28 Oct 12pm. Become a Friend today to enjoy early access and a discount (T&Cs apply).

Click here to read more about the London Coliseum’s measures to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all ballet goers. Only children aged 5+ are allowed in the auditorium.

Presented by English National Ballet Enterprises Ltd



Wayne Eagling


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Toer van Schayk


Peter Farmer


David Richardson



Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability. Available from the London Coliseum Box Office, on all performances and all price bands unless stated otherwise.

Friends of English National Ballet

20% off Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle seats, max 6 per person. Become a Friend today to receive your discount code.

Wheelchair Rate
Please note that due to safety precautions, Groups and Schools bookings cannot be accommodated.


What is the difference between this performance and the original Nutcracker? 

Nutcracker Delights is a shorter, simplified version of English National Ballet’s traditional production of Nutcracker.  The performance, running at 75 minutes with no interval, features highlights from the ballet. These include the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince, the Snowflakes, the Flowers, the Spanish dance and more. 


Why is English National Ballet not performing their full version of Nutcracker? 

We have created Nutcracker Delights as a shorter, simplified version of our traditional production of Nutcracker in order to make it easier to maximise social distancing for the audience, performers, technicians and everyone involved in the production. A shorter running time, with no interval, will allow for complete, enhanced cleaning front and back of house between matinee and evening performances each day.  


What measures are in place to make the London Coliseum Covid-secure and keep my visit secure?

Timed arrival, a one-way entry system, socially-distanced seating, compulsory face covering and enhanced cleaning are some of the measures put in place to ensure audiences’ safety and comfort. Read more on the London Coliseum’s website.

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