Some say it isn’t Christmas without ‘The Nutcracker’! This magical Christmas tradition has taken London by storm and continues to do so year after year. The Royal Albert Hall hosts ‘The Nutcracker’ (a magical Christmas ballet) every year, in the last few weeks of December, and for the past 3 years, nearly 90% of these shows have been sold out completely!
This spectacle has been specifically created for the Royal Albert Hall, and the staging of this Christmas classic has been brought to life by London Philharmonic Orchestra and the talented dancers at Birmingham Royal Ballet. This ballet show achieved so much success that it has become as synonymous with Christmas as Santa and fir trees.
Our guide will help you get important information about The Nutcracker, and will also help you score discounted tickets for the same.
About the Show
‘The Nutcracker’ is originally a two-piece ballet with a score by the world-famous, Russian composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, based on the story by E.T.A Hoffmann ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ (actually based on the adapted version by Alexandre Dumas). Although the original production, performed in 1892, wasn’t a success, the show gained massive popularity since the late 1960’s and is now performed by a number of ballet companies all over the world.
This ballet performance, that takes place in London at the Royal Albert Hall and London Coliseum every Christmas, has wowed and amazed audiences since its very first show, with the 2017 edition being especially spectacular. Over a hundred dancers and musicians bring this wonderful story alive, with gorgeous costumes, phenomenal lighting and dazzling projections. If you want to take your family or loved ones out on Christmas for a special treat, look no further than ‘The Nutcracker’. It goes without saying ‘Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker’.
‘The Nutcracker’ is based on Alexandre Dumas’ adapted version of ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’. It’s Christmas Eve and Clara and her family are hosting a huge family dinner. At this party, Clara’s godfather, Drosselmeyer arrives and leaves her a gift, a wooden nutcracker doll. Without Clara’s knowledge, Drosselmeyer mends the doll and puts a magical spell on it. Later that night, Clara goes down to check on her Christmas present and when the clock strikes 12, all the toys mysteriously come to life! Clara, along with her enchanted Nutcracker doll head out for a night of magical adventure where they encounter the evil Mouse King and meet a handsome stranger. When the air gets colder, Clara and her doll take a hot air balloon ride across London to the mysterious Land of Snow. Presented in beautiful song-and-dance sequences, ‘The Nutcracker’ is truly an enchanting and spellbinding experience.
Recommended for ages 5 and above.
The London Coliseum has a seating capacity of 2,359.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
The Nutcracker London Tickets
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Have a look at the real-time seat availability and prices of different sections for The Nutcracker London. In the interactive seat-map, select the date that you would like to watch the show and check out the seats available for that day. You can filter the seats as per your desired price range and purchase tickets directly.
The Nutcracker - London Coliseum Ticket Prices
Stalls: £84 - £96
Dress Circle: £72 - £96
Upper Circle: £48 - £72
Balcony: £16.8 - £36
As mentioned earlier, ‘The Nutcracker’, since its very first performance in the UK, has been an absolute favourite and hit amongst the locals. This scintillating ballet performance is one of the most sought-after shows on West End and getting tickets for it is next to impossible (unless you book weeks, even months, in advance). In 2016 and 2017, nearly every show of its 3-week performance was sold out, and things look to be the same for the 2018 edition as well. The show has been rated wonderfully well by both critics and audiences alike.
The Nutcracker London Lottery, TKTS, Day Seats
Apart from getting tickets for The Nutcracker online, there are other ways to obtain West End tickets for cheap, such as:
TKTS: The TKTS booth obtains its inventory directly from the theatre based on availability, and sells them for cheap. Refer to our detailed guide.
The Nutcracker London TKTS
TKTS booths offer discounted tickets for certain shows, and can only be collected in person. Unlike New York, there is only one TKTS booth in all of London. You can check the availability of tickets for the show of your choice at the official TKTS website.
The Nutcracker TKTS tickets will be available once the show premieres.
LOTTERY: The winner takes it all! You can try your luck to obtain tickets for a performance on the same day at discounted rates!
The Nutcracker London Lottery
Currently, no lotteries are available for this show. Keep a tab on this space for more details.
DAY TICKETS: These are tickets that are made available at the theatre on the day of the show.
The Nutcracker London Day Tickets
Day Seats are discounted tickets that are available for purchase, and are to be used, on the same day at the theatre. Please note that the availability of tickets is based on the discretion of the London Coliseum Box Office, and may not be available for all shows.
Day Seats at London Coliseum are currently unavailable for purchase. They will be made available once the show opens.
Q: Is there a way to purchase The Nutcracker TKTS tickets online, instead of waiting in line at the TKTS booths?
A: Unfortunately, no. The only way to purchase tickets is in person at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.
Q: What time should I arrive at London Coliseum?
A: Doors open 45 minutes before show time. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain.
Q: Can I take photographs or videos of the show?
A: The use of cameras (still and video) and sound recorders is not allowed inside the theatre.
Q: What do I wear to the show?
A: There is no specific dress code. Formal attire is not required; semi formal or smart casual is recommended.
Q: Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discounted The Nutcracker West End tickets?
A: When booking with Headout, you will get to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view. However, if you opt to try and win lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.
About London Coliseum
The London Coliseum or the Coliseum Theatre is one of London’s largest and most luxurious variety theatres. Built by architect Frank Matcham in 1904, this theatre, with a capacity of 2,359 seats is London’s largest theatre in terms of capacity, and interestingly enough, was the first theatre in Europe (at the time) to have lifts that took patrons to the upper levels. This theatre has not only been used for shows, but also for musical comedies, stage plays, opera and even as a cinema hall.
Location: St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES, UK