Christmas isn’t Christmas without taking the family to see English National Ballet’s beautiful production of Nutcracker which returns for the festive season to the London Coliseum.
Its hugely successful run in 2014 welcomed more than 70,000 theatre-goers who made it an essential part of their holiday celebrations.
This version by Wayne Eagling marks English National Ballet’s 12th full length production of Nutcracker since first being performed in 1950, its founding year.
On a sparkling Christmas Eve, in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger.
As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.
In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers.
This year, Nutcracker sees debuts from Cesar Corrales, Isaac Hernandez, and guest artist Osiel Gouneo in the role of the Nephew, and Emilio Pavan, and Jinhao Zhang in the role of Nutcracker.
Further Principal casting sees Alina Cojocaru, Tamara Rojo, Shiroi Kase, Laurretta Summerscales, and Erina Takahashi in the role of Clara, and Yonah Acosta, Junor Souza, Max Westwell, and James Forbat in the role of the Nephew.
Based on concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, Nutcracker has choreography by Wayne Eagling and music by Tchaikovsky, performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic.
Nutcracker runs at the London Coliseum from December 16 – January 10.