The Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker is surely one of the finest Christmas ballet tickets in London: a sumptuous affair to Tchaikovsky's luscious and much-loved score.
At a jolly family Christmas Eve party where much fun is had by children and adults alike, young Clara is given a special gift by the mysterious Dr Drosselmeyer: a nutcracker in the shape of a soldier.
In the night Clara, creeps downstairs to play with her cherished nutcracker. Having helped him and his soldiers defeat a fierce rat army led by the evil Mouse King, she sees the wooden toy turn into a handsome young man and together they go on a magical mystery tour, guided by Dr Drosselmeyer.
Cue an opportunity for many divertissements from the Dance of the Snowflakes to the Kingdom of the Sweets and much more besides, culminating in the truly delightful Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Nutcracker ballet story is based on Marius Petipa’s original scenario. He, in turn, based his 1892 ballet on the fairytale by ETA Hoffman.
This version, created by the former Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sir Peter Wright, is one of the most respected, cleverly working what are often only picturesque scenes into a coherent tale where magical adventures mirror the relations between the Christmas Eve visitors at home.
The Nutcracker Royal Ballet tickets will vanish, so be sure to book early.
|What||Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker, Royal Opera House|
Royal Opera House
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
05 Dec 17 – 10 Jan 18, Mat 12:30 or 14:00 Eve starts 19:30 or 19:00 check website
|Website||Click here to book via the ROH website|