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Christmas Ballet and Dance in London

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The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
The Snowman
The Wind in the Willows
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
English National Ballet: The Nutcracker
 

 

For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, check out one of the beautifully festive ballets taking place in London this winter.

 
 

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

This glittering production of The Nutcracker is a true highlight of the festive season.

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker 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... 2013-12-042014-01-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Dance

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 04th December - 16th January 2014

 

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...

 
 
 

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's all-male modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake comes home for Christmas.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake 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. Don't miss out, check out our ticket deals now.
2013-12-042014-01-26 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 04th December - 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.

 
 
 

The Snowman

Loved by children and adults alike, this festive tale returns for its annual sob-fest.

The Snowman The Snowman The Snowman 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. View our ticket deals for The Snowman.
2013-11-272014-01-05 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatre

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 27th November - 05th 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 Wind In The Willows

The timeless tale of Mole, Ratty and Toad gets an update from choreographer Will Tuckett.

The Wind In The Willows The Wind In The Willows 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. Suitbale for over 5s. Check out our ticket deals for The Wind in the Willows.
2013-12-112014-02-01 Where:
Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5LA
Category: Dance

Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5LA

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 11th December - 01st 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.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: The Nutcracker

A glittering production with an Edwardian setting, staged at the London Coliseum.

English National Ballet: The Nutcracker English National Ballet: The Nutcracker English National Ballet: The Nutcracker 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. View our great ticket deals for The Nutcracker.
2014-12-112015-01-04 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Dance

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 11th December 2014 to 4th January 2015

 

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.