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A magical Christmas tradition for all the family – in a brand-new production for 2024

This festive season, join Clara on a fantastical adventure where anything is possible. Embark on a journey full of colour and wonder as English National Ballet brings the Nutcracker to life with over 100 dancers and musicians.

It’s Christmas Eve in Edwardian London. Clara and her mother are shopping at Drosselmeyer’s Sweets & Delights Emporium where she meets an enchanted Nutcracker doll. They take home liquorice all-sorts, nougat, marzipan and of course, sugarplums, to delight their party guests. As music and laughter fill the house, Clara has a magical sugar plum vision, sparking an adventure in which she bravely defends her home from the Rat King before discovering a dazzling ice realm and its Queen. Step out of the ordinary and follow Clara as she travels to the Land of Sweets & Delights where the Sugar Plum Fairy has arranged a grand celebration in her honour.

Choreographed by English National Ballet’s Artistic Director, Aaron S. Watkin, and Olivier Award-winner Arielle Smith, this new re-telling of the classic festive ballet combines exquisite dancing with spectacular sets and costumes designed by Dick Bird. English National Ballet Philharmonic perform Tchaikovsky’s iconic score live.

From the orchestra warming up, to the final bows and applause, English National Ballet’s new Nutcracker is an unforgettable treat for audiences of all ages. Be amongst the first to see it when it premieres at Mayflower Theatre this winter.


Theatre — Mayflower Theatre


From £12.00

Discounts available

Age advice

Recommended for ages 5+

Under 2s are not allowed


May contain haze effects

This event takes place at

Mayflower Theatre

Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE 

Street level access to our foyer & Box Office is through the main entrance on Commercial Road.

Looking out at the empty red Mayflower Theatre auditorium with the house lights up

Further information


Discounts only valid on zones A-C, and only available Thursday 7.30pm performance unless otherwise specified. Only one discount applies per ticket and all discounts are subject to availability.

Executive Members: 2 for 1 on opening night. 20% off on all other performances

Access Membership: £5 off. Available on Thu 7.30pm and Sat 2pm performances only

Groups 10+: £5 off*

Groups 20+: £8 off and one free with every 20 paid*

Schools/Young people’s Groups 10+: £12 tickets in Zones C, D and E only plus one free supervisor with every ten brought.**

Young person under 16: £20 tickets on Zone A-D. Applicable on Thu 7.30pm and Sat 2pm

Student Special: £5 off

Under 26: £5 off


* To book please call 02380 711811.
** Minimum of 10 children per booking required. All additional supervisors are standard price. To book please email


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