Nothing says Christmas quite like The Nutcracker, and this year, The Royal Ballet celebrates the festive season with Peter Wright’s beloved ballet.

Premiering in 1984, this much-loved production has become a Christmas classic. With Tchaikovsky’s stunning score and Julia Trevelyan Oman’s sumptuous designs, this festive favorite is a treat for the whole family, bringing the spirit of the original fairy-tale to life.

The Nutcracker follows Clara and Hans-Peter on a whistle-stop journey through the enchanting Kingdom of Sweets, encountering snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a selection of colorful characters along the way. A favorite with audiences of all ages, this festive masterpiece captures the essence of Christmas, with sweeping snowscapes, magical stagecraft and a heart-warming story, brought to life on the majestic Covent Garden stage.

The Nutcracker will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 8th December with Principal dancers Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy and William Bracewell as her Prince, alongside Sae Maeda in the role of Clara and Joseph Sissens as Hans Peter/The Nutcracker.  Encore screenings will follow from Sunday 11 December 2022.

Tickets to see this stunning performance live can also be acquired by following the link below.

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