Nutcracker

National Tour
29 Nov - 06 Jan
2 hours 15 minutes including one interval
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 comes to Southampton in 2017, and returns to the London Coliseum, following a record breaking 2016 run where over 79,000 audience members – young and old – made it part of their holiday celebrations last year.

Main image: Shiori Kase © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.

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MEET THE PRINCIPAL CAST

See casting for all dates

Rina Kanehara

Clara

Aitor Arrieta

Nephew

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Nutcracker

CREATIVE TEAM

Wayne Eagling

Concept and Choreography

Toer van Schayk

Concept

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Music

Peter Farmer

Design

David Richardson

Lighting

Synopsis

Act 1

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 2

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.

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Reviews


“Dazzling”
“Delicately charming”
“Christmas-card perfect”

DISCOUNTS

Valid on performances at the London Coliseum. Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability. Available on all performances and all price bands unless stated otherwise.

Multibuy discounts
Book for Nutcracker, Song of the Earth / La Sylphide, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort / La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty (at the London Coliseum):

Book for two different productions at the same time and save 15%. Book for three different productions at the same time and save 20%. Book for four different productions at the same time and save 25%.

Groups: 10+
Save 30% per ticket.
Valid Monday – Friday matinee performances (i.e. excludes Friday evening – Sunday performances). To book, call Box Office.

Children go half-price
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 performance
Sat 6 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.

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).

Schools matinees
Fri 15 Dec 2.30pm
Thu 4 Jan 2.30pm
£8 per pupil + 1 free teacher ticket per 10 students.
Available on selected areas only. For all other performances, the Groups rate and conditions apply.

Wheelchair Rate
£19/£9.50

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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Wed 29 November 2017, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara

Clara

Aitor Arrieta

Nephew

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Nutcracker

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Thu 30 November 2017, 2pm

Fernanda Oliveira

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Skyler Martin

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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Thu 30 November 2017, 7.30pm

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Clara

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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Fri 1 December 2017, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo

Clara

Isaac Hernández

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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Sat 2 December 2017, 2.30pm

Shiori Kase

Clara

Joseph Caley

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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Sat 2 December 2017, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara

Clara

Aitor Arrieta

Nephew

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London Coliseum, Wed 13 December 2017, 7.30pm

Shiori Kase

Clara

Joseph Caley

Nephew

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London Coliseum, Thu 14 December 2017, 7.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Clara

Aaron Robison

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London Coliseum, Fri 15 December 2017, 2.30pm

Alison McWhinney

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Junor Souza

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London Coliseum, Fri 15 December 2017, 7.30pm

Shiori Kase

Clara

Joseph Caley

Nephew

Guilherme Menezes

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London Coliseum, Sat 16 December 2017, 2.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Clara

Jeffrey Cirio

Nephew

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London Coliseum, Sat 16 December 2017, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo

Clara

Isaac Hernández

Nephew

Aitor Arrieta

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sun 17 December 2017, 2.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Clara

Aaron Robison

Nephew

Skyler Martin

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Tue 19 December 2017, 2.30pm

Alison McWhinney

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Junor Souza

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Tue 19 December 2017, 7.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Clara

Aaron Robison

Nephew

Skyler Martin

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Wed 20 December 2017, 2.30pm

Katja Khaniukova

Clara

Ken Saruhashi

Nephew

Erik Woolhouse

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Wed 20 December 2017, 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Clara

Jeffrey Cirio

Nephew

James Forbat

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Thu 21 December 2017, 2.30pm

Begoña Cao

Clara

Aaron Robison

Nephew

Junor Souza

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Thu 21 December 2017, 7.30pm

Fernanda Oliveira

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Skyler Martin

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Fri 22 December 2017, 2.30pm

Katja Khaniukova

Clara

Ken Saruhashi

Nephew

Erik Woolhouse

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Fri 22 December 2017, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara

Clara

Aitor Arrieta

Nephew

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sat 23 December 2017, 2.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Clara

Jeffrey Cirio

Nephew

James Forbat

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sat 23 December 2017, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo

Clara

Isaac Hernández

Nephew

Aitor Arrieta

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sun 24 December 2017, 1pm

Shiori Kase

Clara

Joseph Caley

Nephew

Guilherme Menezes

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Tue 26 December 2017, 5pm

Fernanda Oliveira

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Skyler Martin

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Wed 27 December 2017, 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Clara

Jeffrey Cirio

Nephew

James Forbat

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Thu 28 December 2017, 2.30pm

Begoña Cao

Clara

Aaron Robison

Nephew

Junor Souza

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Thu 28 December 2017, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo

Clara

Isaac Hernández

Nephew

Aitor Arrieta

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Fri 29 December 2017, 7.30pm

Shiori Kase

Clara

Joseph Caley

Nephew

Guilherme Menezes

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sat 30 December 2017, 2.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Clara

Jeffrey Cirio

Nephew

James Forbat

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sat 30 December 2017, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo

Clara

Isaac Hernández

Nephew

Aitor Arrieta

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sun 31 December 2017, 1pm

Fernanda Oliveira

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Skyler Martin

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Tue 2 January 2018, 7.30pm

Begoña Cao

Clara

Aaron Robison

Nephew

Junor Souza

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Wed 3 January 2018, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara

Clara

Aitor Arrieta

Nephew

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Thu 4 January 2018, 2.30pm

Fernanda Oliveira

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Skyler Martin

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Thu 4 January 2018, 7.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Clara

Aaron Robison

Nephew

Skyler Martin

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Fri 5 January 2018, 7.30pm

Rina Kanehara

Clara

Aitor Arrieta

Nephew

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Nutcracker

London Coliseum, Sat 6 January 2018, 7.30pm

Alison McWhinney

Clara

James Forbat

Nephew

Junor Souza

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London Coliseum, Sat 6 January 2018, 2.30pm

Francesca Velicu

Clara

Ken Saruhashi

Nephew

Erik Woolhouse

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