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

The Nutcracker

1115 December 2020
The performance will last approximately 2 hours, including one interval.
£5 – £100
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

Due to England's lockdown, it is with sadness that we must cancel the scheduled performances and the live stream of The Nutcracker for live audiences.

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.

Buying tickets

According to current government guidelines, you must only attend performances with individuals from your household or support bubble.

Seats are being allocated to ensure safe social distancing for all audience members. The majority of seats have been allocated in pairs, threes and fours. There are a limited amount of single seats and groups of five and six available. The maximum amount of seats that can be purchased is six. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Although every effort has been made to ensure the best views, some seats may be subject to restricted viewing.

You can choose an area of the auditorium in which to sit and a pricing zone – we will then send you your seat number(s) with your confirmation email. No paper tickets will be issued for this event. After receiving your confirmation email you will receive an e-ticket with your seat number. You can also find your ticket within the My Account area.

This production is suitable for ages 5+
Approximate running times
Act I: 45 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Act II: 40 minutes


Due to London's Tier 4 status, the live stream on 22 December 2020 has also been cancelled.

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Production supported by


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

Aud Jebsen

Cast sheets

Safety information

We are working hard to keep our audiences and staff safe. We ask that you please:

Follow the one way system, and instructions from staff

Wear a mask at all times

Keep distance from those around you.

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ChoreographyPeter Wright after Lev Ivanov

MusicPyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Original scenarioMarius Petipa

Production and scenarioPeter Wright

DesignerJulia Trevelyan Oman

Lighting designerMark Henderson

Production consultantRoland John Wiley

CompanyThe Royal Ballet


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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