The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Bow Street, London

Opens: 5 December 2017
Closes: 10 January 2018

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Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

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Show times
Tue 5 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Wed 6 Dec no shows
Thu 7 Dec no shows
Fri 8 Dec no shows
Sat 9 Dec no shows
Sun 10 Dec no shows

Mon 11 Dec no shows
Tue 12 Dec no shows
Wed 13 Dec no shows
Thu 14 Dec no shows
Fri 15 Dec at midday
Sat 16 Dec no shows
Sun 17 Dec no shows

Mon 18 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tue 19 Dec no shows
Wed 20 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu 21 Dec no shows
Fri 22 Dec at midday
Sat 23 Dec at 12.30pm
Sun 24 Dec no shows

Mon 25 Dec no shows
Tue 26 Dec no shows
Wed 27 Dec at 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Thu 28 Dec at 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Fri 29 Dec at 7.00pm
Sat 30 Dec at 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Sun 31 Dec no shows

Mon 1 Jan at 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Tue 2 Jan at 7.30pm
Wed 3 Jan at 7.30pm
Thu 4 Jan at 12.30pm
Fri 5 Jan at 7.30pm
Sat 6 Jan no shows
Sun 7 Jan no shows
Mon 8 Jan no shows
Tue 9 Jan no shows
Wed 10 Jan at 7.30pm

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The Nutcracker - The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet present The Nutcracker in London this Christmas

Clara, a young girl, creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to retrieve her favourite present. But a mysterious magician, Drosselmeyer, is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.

PLEASE NOTE: This production is suitable for children 5 years old and over.

"The star of The Nutcracker", says choreographer Peter Wright, "is Tchaikovsky." Of course, he's right. The music is the true heart of this ballet, but an equal star is the irresistible joy of Christmas itself. The sincere, heartfelt warmth of Wright's production, which dates from 1984, includes the most glorious Christmas tree of all time. As midnight chimes designer Julia Trevelyan Oman's magical tree starts to grow and grow. Soaring to the skies, and topped off with a shimmering shower of golden stardust, it conjures up the perfect Christmas. The fantastical toytown battle that follows, leading on, through a swirling Land of Snow, to the Sugar Plum Fairy's enchanted Kingdom of Sweets, proves that Peter Wright is a master showman.

This production features choreography by Peter Wright with music by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, original scenario by Marius Petipa, production and scenario by Peter Wright with designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, lighting by Mark Henderson and staging by Christopher Carr.

The Guardian said in December 2006, this is a production that resembles the ideal Christmas decoration: "dusted off every year, yet always more fabulous than you remembered."

"This production is magnificently beautiful, but it's also alive with festive crackle and the comfort of domestic virtue. Julia Trevelyan Oman's German-inspired designs are welcoming and wondrous, while the transformation scene is so magical that it sends tingles up the spine. And who can resist a tale of young romance told with such a tender hand?" The Times

"Sir Peter Wright's sumptuous version for The Royal Ballet of the Ivanov/Petipa original Nutcracker is as traditional as Christmas. Wall-to-wall Victoriana, glowing candles, wooden soldiers and excited children getting under the adults' feet - the festive opening scene owes far more to Dickens than to the story's originator, E T A Hoffmann. The arrival of toymaker and children's entertainer Herr Drosselmeyer brings a touch of magic to the proceedings, beginning with an airborne child and culminating in the breathtaking transformation scene during which Clara is reduced like an alternative Alice to the size of her Nutcracker doll." The Daily Express

"Every year, as I return to the Royal Ballet's staging of The Nutcracker, I ask myself if it can still be as good as I believe it to be. And every year, at curtain fall, I know that this production by Peter Wright remains the best I have seen... Its merits are those posited in the researches by the eminent musicologist Roland John Wiley that provide the armature of this version: an appreciation of the original scenario; a respect for the nature of Tchaikovsky's score; a sense of the theatrical force of the Hoffmann tale that is its inspiration, and of the qualities of Lev Ivanov's first realisation in St Petersburg in 1892 - and these all so enchantingly brought to the stage in Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs that the heart is won at curtain-rise... This Nutcracker rules." The Financial Times

The Royal Ballet The Nutcracker in London at the Royal Opera House opens on 5 December 2017 and closed on 10 January 2018.