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Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Embark on a journey full of colour and wonder as English National Ballet brings Nutcracker to life with over 100 dancers and musicians at the London Coliseum.

It's Christmas Eve in Edwardian London. Clara and her mother are shopping atDrosselmeyer’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 at the London Coliseum this festive season.

Special Performances

Schools performance: Wednesday 18 December 2.30pm. Please note this performance welcomes school groups.

Relaxed performance: Thursday 9 January 1.30pm. This performance supports and accepts noise and movement within the auditorium during this show, re-entry as and when needed, and access to a chill-out space outside of the auditorium. The house lights and sound levels may be adjusted throughout the production. Children under 5 and babes in arms are allowed in the auditorium.

Age Restrictions

Ages 5+. Children under the age of five are not permitted in the auditorium.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances from Thu 12th December 2024 until Sun 12th January 2025.

Show times for each day are below.















London Coliseum Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: St. Martin's Lane 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139

Night Buses Icon Night buses: St. Martin's Lane 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551

Rail Icon Nearest rail: Charing Cross

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Leicester Square

Directions Icon Directions from Leicester Square :

(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

Parking Icon Car park: Q-Park: Chinatown (5mins) / Other: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: Yes

Facilities at London Coliseum

Air conditioned


Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop


Wheelchair accessible

London Coliseum Location

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
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Nutcracker - English National Ballet

London Coliseum, London

Running until: Sun 12th January 2025

Running time: 2hr. Incl. 20min interval.