Yasmine Naghdi as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © 2017 ROH. Photographed by Karolina Kuras

Stream The Nutcracker Reworked

22 December 202021 January 2021
Online only
Ballet and dance

Due to London's Tier 4 status, we must with sadness cancel all further performances and the live stream of The Nutcracker. Individuals who have bought access to the live stream on 22 December will be contacted and refunded. As an alternative, we invite audiences to purchase streaming access to a recording of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The Nutcracker returns to the stage this Christmas in a reworked, COVID-safe version for The Royal Ballet. This restaging of Peter Wright’s celebrated two-act production features students of The Royal Ballet School alongside the full Company.

Many of the much-loved elements of this cherished classic remain, from the magical growing Christmas tree, to the enchanting dance of the snowflakes and spectacular pas de deux with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince in the Kingdom of Sweets. There will be a new battle scene between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King and their armies choreographed by Will Tuckett.

This festive treat for the whole family has a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world, a production that has captivated children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Combined with Tchaikovsky's sumptuous score and charming designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, this is a magical ballet for the whole family.  

This production is suitable for ages 5+

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

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Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Kenneth and Susan Green, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

The 2020/21 Ballet Season is generously supported by

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