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 in the splendour of the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat. Nutcracker returns in 2016 following hugely successful performances last year, where over 73,000 audience members - young and old - made it part of their holiday.
There isn't any doubt that the dancers are talented but the choreography felt disjointed with different lands coming on like a conveyer belt rather than a journey for the main characters. The scenary we could see was beautiful and there were some very clever ideas. However it was, overall, a little disappointing .
Beside the well-know and beautiful Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, very well played and danced, I really appreciate and enjoyed the choreography and the scenic design. They were able to create a special atmosphere. I have seen the Nutcracker before but this production is the best one so far. A "must-see", simply enchanting.
Went to see The Nutcracker with a friend shortly after Christmas: excellent ballet performance with great costumes and stage bringing to life a winter-wonderland-dream world echoing the girly wish to be a princess. Precisely what we needed after Christmas.
I bought the tickets for my granddaughters who attend ballet lessons every week. the youngest is only 5 years old. They were spellbound throughout the entire performance. The visit exceeded the expectations! Congratulations on providing a great experience.
Although the dancers were obviously skilled it just didn't move in the way ballet usually does. My son fell asleep in the first act.
Disappointed in sets, made for a dull viewing. Have seen much better in the past
Utterly brilliant performance, from the secure accompaniment of the Orchestra under my old friend Gerry Cornelious, to the sharp and precise choreography. My six year old son was transfixed from start to finish, Bravo!
Fantastic performance. Loved the dual role of Clara. My six year old adored it. Will definitely recommend. Fantastic
Amazing festive ballet
Great show. Really magical and could have watched all night. But who was performing? The programme provided lots of profiles on many dancers but I could not find one of them who was performing. Looks like the reserve team was out last night and I will never know who they were. Pity. So could we have a programme next time that actually profiles the dancers we are watching?
This is our families annual treat and despite knowing the story the ballet never fails to delight. It's festive in its story and the dancers are so accomplished and the music so beautiful I would highly recommend it to all but very young children as it is long.
Was incredible!! Thank you!!:)
Had a wonderful evening with my daughter. The cast gave a 1st class performance. It was magical,the orchestra was great as well.
I have seen many shows in many theatres but I can only compare the brilliance of The Nutcracker to Kevin Spacey's Clarence Darrow in The Old Vic in 2014. The Nutcracker however was the most visually appealing two hours of my life! Thank you to all involved for making my Christmas. Chris Harold
The staging of this year's Nutcracker is the most under whelming I've ever seen. It just i'snt spectacular or Christmassy enough.
Even though was in the upper circle still had a brilliant view seat was comfy, show was brilliant really enjoyed it my first time at a ballet and will certainly not be my last , Next year will be taking my other family members to enjoy was a great afternoon
Took my daughter as she loves ballet and it was very magical for her and will taking her again x
Breathtaking and magical. We have totally got the ballet bug and we are looking forward to seeing another performance soon... highly recommended.
We enjoyed this very much.
An absolutely stunning production. I brought my daughter for her 21st birthday treat and it was our first viewing of the Nutcracker and first visit to the Coliseum. We loved everything about the place and the ballet, lovely memories to treasure, thank you.
A beautiful production from start to finish. A dream come true. My 8 year old daughter was mesmerised
A delightful adventure of dance and music a new experience and well worth a watch.
Beautiful performance from the ballet company. Wonderful scenes filled with spectacular dancing and acting. The costumes were phenomenal and the orchestra incredible.
A lovely way to end a Christmas trip to London. There is something very magical about the Nutcracker at Christmas time. The story, the skill and grace of the awesome dancers and tunes that many will recognise.
Excellent production. Dancing, costumes, scenery all wonderful.
This was, without question, the best performance of the Nutcracker I have seen. The young dancers were charming , confident and skilled bringing fun and lovely touches to the production. However, the magical sparkle of the soloists was breathtaking. The combination of the different dances kept the audience captivated with the most wonderful finale bringing this delightful production to a close. Bravo!
A wonderful performance! The dancing was superb. We took our 8year old granddaughter to see her first ballet and she was enthralled. She knew the story well and it made the whole thing come to life. We can't wait to go again! Thank you for a fantastic experience.
Went to see The Nutcracker matinee, music fabulous, dancing fabulous, sets fabulous. We had cheap seats in the balcony, but had a perfect view, well worth it. I loved it. Go if you can.
A fabulously entertaining and beautiful production! All the dancers were amazing right from the little ones to the older, more experienced. If you love ballet (or even if you don't) you can't fail to enjoy 2+ hours of pure talent. Loved every second.......
Sharing my love of ballet with my young daughters ( 3 and 5) is such a treat and taking them to a show that is beautifully performed and choreographed makes for an amazing afternoon. Thank you
Excellent performace but most importantly, amazing orchestra. They deserve a huge applause.
Fantastic performance. Loved the production. The sets were fabulous. Great music. We were in the upper circle and could hear the bottles being thrown in the bin in the bar.
Brilliant performance and thoroughly enjoyable
I took my niece to this show for her 11-th birthday. And we really enjoy it.
Amazing ! Stunning ballet!
Fabulous piece of theatre. Loved every minute, the dance, costumes,& music! Highly recommended
Just what we expected excellent show
My first ballet. The choreography was fantastic as was the set and costumes. The Royal ballet are consummate performers and the leads were wonderful. It enthralled me.
The show was fabulous, From start to finish we enjoyed, Costumes were amazing,
Stunning performances from the prima donna and lead. Also exquisite were the prima donna young girl and boy lead. Well done everyone!!
This is the third time I've seen the Nutcracker and the magic never fades!
Excellent went with granddaughter over fromsydney had great time
The music, costumes, scenography and dancers were all spot on.
The play and performance of the dancers were funny, impressive and inspiring. The music was better than average, but could do with a larger orchestra and some depth.
London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES
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Good To Know
* Please note performances on the 15th December at 2.30pm and the 4th January at 2.30pm are schools matinee performances*
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Suitable For Children
Please note children below 5 are not admitted on most performances.
*3rd Jan and 7th Jan matinees are child friendly shows so please be aware there will be young children- on these shows all children under 16 are free- please contact the Coliseum directly to avail of these*
When Can I Go
14th December-8th January 2017
Where Do I Go
St Martins Lane, London, WC 4ES