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Synopsis

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.

★★★★★ "Dazzling" The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ "Delicately charming" Financial Times

"Christmas-card perfect" The Guardian

"A satisfyingly magical winter treat" Metro

"One of the best Nutcrackers around" The Daily Express

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including 1 interval. Times given are for guidance purposes only and can change.

Age Advice:

Recommended for ages 5+. No under 2s.

Standard Pricing
Wed - Sat Evening £11.50 to £48.50
Thu Matinee £11.50 to £37.50
Sat Matinee £11.50 to £48.50
Discounts

Discounts are available on the top three prices only, and exclude Thu 2pm and Fri & Sat 7.30pm performances unless otherwise stated

Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Executive Members 2 for 1 on opening night.
20% off top four prices on all shows. 
Concessions & Under 26 £5 off each ticket.
Family Offer Up to two under 16s can attend half price with a full paying adult.
Full Time Students £5 off each ticket.
Schools & Young People's Groups (10+)* £10 off each ticket on Thu 2pm performance. Excludes top and bottom price tickets. One teacher free with every 10 students.
Groups (10+)* £5 off each ticket
Groups (20+)* £8 off each ticket

*Groups bookings are not available online, please call 02380 711811

Click here for further information on concessions, discounts & groups.

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