This glittering production of E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker cannot fail to get you in the Christmas spirit. As sure as putting up fairy lights, filling Christmas stockings and having too much mulled wine at the office party, watching Clara dance in front of the Christmas tree at the Royal Opera House is a truly festive thing to do. It's hard to imagine a production more indulgently sumptuous than Peter Wright's restaging of Lev Ivanov's choreography to Tchaikovsky's famous score. From the heart-warming family party of the opening scene to the appearance of the magical kingdom, the action beckons you in, helped every ballet step of the way by Julie Trevelyan Oman's gorgeous, nostalgic designs out of the late 1800s. This is pure spectacle but The Royal Ballet pulls it off with such beauty and style that it's a Christmas cracker...
Christmas Ballet and Dance in London
This glittering production of The Nutcracker is a true highlight of the festive season.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Dates: 4th December 2013 to 16th January 2014
Matthew Bourne's all-male modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake comes home for Christmas.
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 4th December 2013 to 26th January 2014
Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake, replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, comes home to Sadler's Wells for Christmas. This highly original all-male production premiered at Sadler's Wells in 1995 and became the longest running ballet in the West End, before playing on Broadway and touring the world. The all-male cast and menacing sets turn the sweet fairy story into a passionate, high-energy affair. Innovative and exciting, provocative and powerful, this multi award-winning production audaciously transforms one of ballet's best-loved stories into a startlingly contemporary tale. Running throughout the festive period, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake is a welcome addition to the capital's collection of Christmas treats.
Loved by children and adults alike, this festive tale returns for its annual sob-fest.
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT
Dates: 27th November 2013 to 5th January 2014
This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of Walking in the Air fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe-struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow.
The timeless tale of Mole, Ratty and Toad gets an update from choreographer Will Tuckett.
Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5LA
Dates: 11th December 2013 to 1st February 2014
Tony Robinson plays Kenneth Grahame in the Royal Opera House production of The Wind in the Willows which plays at the Duchess Theatre for an eight week Christmas season. Will Kemp, who first came to fame as the lead swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, reprises his role as Ratty in Kenneth Grahame's tale of four friends - including the reckless Mr Toad - which fuses dance, song, music and puppetry. Will Tuckett directs and choreographs and the narration is written by the former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. Suitable for over 5s.
A glittering production with an Edwardian setting, staged at the London Coliseum.
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES
Dates: 11th December 2013 to 5th January 2014
A very traditional interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker, English National Ballet's version has been staged every year since 1950. In 2010 Wayne Eagling (artistic director of the company from 2005 to 2012) created this version to celebrate the company's 60th birthday. This glittering production, with an Edwardian setting created by Peter Farmer, cannot fail to get you in the Christmas spirit. As sure as putting up fairy lights, filling Christmas stockings and having too much mulled wine at the office party, watching Clara dance in front of the Christmas tree is a truly festive thing to do. It's hard to imagine a production more indulgently sumptuous than Wayne Eagling's choreography to Tchaikovsky's famous score. From the heart-warming family party of the opening scene to the appearance of the magical kingdom, the action beckons you in.
6th December 2013
IN THIS ARTICLE
The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
The Wind In The Willows
English National Ballet: The Nutcracker
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London Christmas Shows, Pantos & Attractions
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