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.
The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It initially had a poor reception, but its combination of enchanting choreography and an unforgettable score have since made it one of the best-loved of all ballets.
Tchaikovsky's score was commissioned by the director of the Russian Imperial Theatres following the success of Sleeping Beauty in 1890. Marius Petipa created the scenario, based on a fairytale by E. T. A. Hoffman, and Lev Ivanov provided the choreography.
Peter Wright's production pays homage to Petipa's original, and the stage sparkles with theatrical magic. A Christmas tree grows before our eyes, toy soldiers come to life to fight the villainous Mouse King, and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets on a golden sleigh. Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs draw upon 19th-century images of Christmas, making this a truly enchanting production for the festive season.
International ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars take to a specially frozen London Palladium stage for the West End premiere of a dazzling new production of The Nutcracker on Ice for fourteen magical performances only.
Join Marie in a shimmering winter wonderland as her dreams lead her on a fantastical journey through a world where nothing is quite as it seems.
Against a backdrop of colourful sets, lavish costumes, flying, acrobatics, magic tricks and special effects, she meets the magician Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King, her Nutcracker Prince and the beautiful Lilac Fairy.
ITV’s Dancing on Ice stars Keith Chegwin and Olga Sharutenko join a 26-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters performing to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, including the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. This traditional festive treat will thrill and enchant all the family.
Journey back in time with the English National Ballet to a frost covered, gaslit London. There you'll meet young Clara, her enchanted Nutcracker doll, and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional festive tale for all the family.
In a world of Edwardian elegance, The Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. This classical production is a magical, memorable unmissable Christmas treat.
On a magical Christmas Eve, under the heavy boughs of the candellit Chritmas tree, young Clara drifts off to sleep and (seemingly) awakens to do battle with an invading Mouse King and his army, and fall in love with a handsome stranger.
As the air grows colder and snowflakes begin to fall, Clara and her Nutcracker - who has magically assumed heroic human form - take a hot-air ballon ride across the frosted London skyline to the glistening Land of Snow, where their adventure really begins.