London Coliseum

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet Tickets

4.4/5 - based on 47 reviews
  • Opens: Thursday, 15 December 2022
    Booking until: Saturday, 7 January 2023
  • Running time: 2 hours
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About The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Performance Times
  • Opens: Thursday, 15 December 2022
    Booking until: Saturday, 7 January 2023
  • Running time: 2 hours
Mon - -
Tue 14:30 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri 14:30 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun 14:00 -

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet description

The Nutcracker ballet is always a hugely popular show for the festive season, ever since the English National Ballet first took it to the Christmas stage in 1950. It's a treat for the entire family, and it's on at the magnificent London Coliseum from mid-December. If you'd like to know more about this magical Christmas tradition, read on.

Can you imagine watching more than 100 dancers and musicians on stage, bringing Nutcracker to sparkling life with their exquisite dancing, deliciously beautiful stage sets and gorgeous score by Tchaikovsky, played live? It's quite something. When our heroine and her brave Nutcracker doll take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow, you'll find it hard to believe your eyes. No wonder children adore this ballet so much. When the puppet theatre comes to life, the audience goes wild!

If you're looking for a fabulous festive family treat you can't go wrong with English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. It sold out in record time during 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021, so grab your tickets while you can.

What's the plot of Nutcracker?

Nutcracker weaves the lovely story of young Clara, who lives in Edwardian London. When she gets a magical Nutcracker doll for Christmas, on the eve of the big day, they begin an epic magical journey together and discover a magical world. Clara wins an epic battle with the Mouse King. She meets a handsome prince and enjoys a spectacular journey to the Land of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. When she arrives in the glistening Land of the Snow, it turns out it's only the start of her amazing adventure.

Who is Nutcracker for?

The Nutcracker is recommended for people aged 7 and upwards. Children aged under 5 are not allowed in the auditorium.

Buy tickets for Nutcracker

Our website makes buying tickets for Nutcracker so easy. We'll email your tickets to your email address, and all you do is present them on the door on the day of the performance. Are you ready to book yourself and the family in for some classic festive fun?

Age restrictions

Children under 5 will not be admitted.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Important Information

No food or drink purchased off-site including alcohol, soft drinks and water are permitted inside the theatre.

Next Performances for The Nutcracker - English National Ballet at the London Coliseum

Thursday15th Dec 2022 7:30pm
Friday16th Dec 2022 7:30pm
Saturday17th Dec 2022 2:30pm
Saturday17th Dec 2022 7:30pm
Monday19th Dec 2022 7:30pm
Tuesday20th Dec 2022 2:30pm

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The Nutcracker - English National Ballet reviews

4.4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews

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Latest customer reviews
Happy Anniversary

The show was a very happy celebration of our 59th wedding anniversary.

Reviewed on 30 December 2021 by , Eltham, London, United Kingdom

The Nutcracker is a "must" every Christmas!

We all loved the production, except that in Act II - The Kingdom of Sweets - Clara should be sitting watching the dances, they are for her entertainment in the original story, and are part of her magic dream conjured by Herr Drosselmeyer. With Clara offstage throughout these dances they have no connection with the story!!

Reviewed on 23 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Not interesting

The story was not interesting and our seat was on balcony which was intimidating and uncomfortable

Reviewed on 22 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 22 December 2021 by , Sheffield, United Kingdom


Some new additions I had not seen before which enhanced the story telling.

Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by , Lutterworth, United Kingdom


There is no highlight of the show

Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by , Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Nice but a bit boring

Nice show, very classic mise en en scene, but sadly my kids preferred the Arcade games ....

Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by , Paris, France

Quintessential Christmas Show

The Coliseum itself is a sight to behold plus a wonderful live orchestra. Dancers of superb quality. Some really lovely stage sets and costumes.

Reviewed on 23 December 2018 by , Kensington, United States Of America

Really disapoined by the story

This show should be called " story based on Nutcracker". It's complitly difrent to the original story. Apart of the story it's a good show. Acting, dansing, costumes and music are really good. I wish I could wright a better review.

Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom


Lovely Christmasy show

Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by , Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

Colourful, moving, beautiful show!

Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by , Lindon, United Kingdom

This was the second time that i had seen this ballet, the first being at the festival hall way back in 1970 before we married. Still has its magic. We treated our son, wife and teenage daughters, their first experience. They thoroughly enjoyed it.

Another slightly different slant on the famous storyline. But still the great story with wonderful effects, some humour and of course fantastic costumes. The orchestra was in top form playing that iconic score too. Dancers beautiful !! What a yuletide treat. and god value for money.

Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by , Swansea, United Kingdom

Must see

Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by , Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Most enjoyable

Playful, moving, delightful and the dancing was superb.

Reviewed on 14 December 2018 by , Belmont, Australia

Very Entertaining and Colorful

Order intermission drinks before start of the performance - great atmosphere and very worthwhile

Reviewed on 13 December 2018 by , Southampton, United Kingdom

Nice work

Reviewed on 07 January 2018 by , Nijmegen, Netherlands



Reviewed on 01 January 2018 by , Surrey, United Kingdom


We really enjoyed the show especially the end of the first part and the entire second part. All the dancers dance marvellously. We had a great evening, thank you so much.

Reviewed on 29 December 2017 by , Paris, France

Fantastic magical treat

Live ballet performances are so much better then on screen, truly magical story, music is a massive importance to the show

Reviewed on 28 December 2017 by , Enfield, United Kingdom

Bad show, bad ballet

Reviewed on 24 December 2017 by , Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 21 December 2017 by , Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom


The main characters performed very well, but disappointed with some of the cast. Out of time, general lack of finesse form some dances.

Reviewed on 21 December 2017 by , Ascot, United Kingdom

Spectacular!! A must see!

Reviewed on 18 December 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

its not christmas unless you see The nut cracker

Reviewed on 18 December 2017 by , Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom

Costume glory

Impressive performance and the costumes were really superb. (The 'explosions' created some smoke which irritated some people's throats -good idea to have a bottle of water handy.)

Reviewed on 18 December 2017 by , Domerat, France

Amazing performance

Truly captivating. A great way to end the week. Bravo.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

The Nutcracker

Superb Ballet for Xmas!!! Primal Ballerina brilliant!

Reviewed on 14 December 2017 by , Harlow, United Kingdom

Brilliant! Really excellent show!

Reviewed on 04 January 2015 by

great performance of the nutcracker

The stage and backdrops were beautiful and all dancers were a joy to watch.

Reviewed on 31 December 2014 by

The Nutcracker

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