Nutcracker is everyone’s favourite and a festive treat for the whole family. However, finding the tickets for the famous Royal Ballet performance which runs from 3 December 2018 till 15 January 2019 is not an easy task. Here we put together the list of all other options that London has to offer.

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

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum following sold out performances in 2017 and 2016. The performance will run 13 – 30 December 2018. Tickets come at much better price then at ROH ranging from £14 to £80, but book early.  This adaptation is more dramatic and dark as compared to  cheerful and sparkling ballet at ROH, but is definitely worth attention.

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in The Nutcracker by The English National Ballet© Dave Morgan.

Another option is Royal Albert Hall where Nutcracker will be performed 28 – 30 December. Created specially for the Royal Albert Hall, with gorgeous period costumes, stunning lighting, and dazzling projections by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, the spectacular staging of this Christmas classic is brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-class dancers and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra will be conducted by Koen Kessels, the music director of the Royal Ballet.

Karla Doorbar and Lachlan Monaghan in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall

Those who want to prolong the festive spirit should check the performance of Russian State Ballet of Siberia, which will run 2 – 16 February in the New Wimbledon Theatre. The ballet company might not be very famous back home, but has received a lot of praise and recognition for the London tours.

Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Swan Lake – New Wimbledon Theatre

And of course the easiest way to enjoy the performance without huge struggles of getting the tickets is to book yourself for one of the screenings. Watching the baller in cinema might not be the same as watching live, but the magical music, outstanding choreography combined with brilliant director’s work will no doubt create the Christmas mood.

On 3rd of December Barbican Cinema will host the live screening of ROH performance. So if you missed the chance to get the tickets on Bow Street, this might be your way to enjoy the famous Peter Wright’s production

Curzon screening

Curzon cinemas will also live screen ROH ballet, but we recommend to visit the screening of famous Yuri Grigorovich production staged in the Bolshoi Theatre. If you don’t go to Moscow, then Curzon bring a piece of Moscow for you.

Whatever you choose enjoy your festive period and Ho! Ho! Ho!



  • Date: 03 December 2018 - 16 February 2019