London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



The Nutcracker (Royal Opera House)

The Nutcracker

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.


After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to an amazing display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?


Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

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Venue Details

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9DD

Box Office
020 7304 4000

Nearest tube
Covent Garden


More info

5, 9, 15, 18, 20, 22-23, 27-30 December 2017, 1-5, 10 January 2018

12.00, 12.30, 14.00, 14.30, 19.00, 19.30


Other notes
2 hours 15 minutes, including one interval.

Includes a gunshot and cannonshot approximately 30 minutes into Act I.

Suitable for children 5+

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