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

The Nutcracker

23 November 20218 January 2022
The performance last 2 hours 20 minutes
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet and makes for a sparkling festive treat for the whole family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a story of magic on Christmas Eve, and the journey of Clara and her Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments.

Peter Wright’s gorgeous production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, and the many solo roles and ensembles show the world-class skills of the Company at its best.

This production is suitable for ages 5+
Approximate running times
Act I: 55 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Act II: 55 minutes


Generous philanthropic support from

Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, Kenneth and Susan Green, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Melinda and Donald Quintin and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.



Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room into a battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker’s life – so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy – and the Mouse King is defeated. In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances. The next morning, Clara’s adventures seem to have been more than just a dream.


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


ChoreographyPeter Wright after Lev Ivanov

Choreography Battle SceneWill Tuckett

MusicPyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Original scenarioMarius Petipa after E.T.A. Hoffmann

Production and scenarioPeter Wright

DesignerJulia Trevelyan Oman

Lighting designerMark Henderson

Production consultantRoland John Wiley

StagingChristopher Carr, Gary Avis and Samantha Raine

Arabian Dance adapted byGary Avis


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

If you have concerns about how our Covid-19 safety measures may affect your access requirements, please contact BoxOffice.Access@roh.org.uk.



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