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The best British Nutcracker

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Birmingham Hippodrome

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Royal Opera House, in rep until 13 January 2024

English National Ballet: Nutcracker

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, and at the London Coliseum until 7 January 2024

McOnie Company: Nutcracker

Tuff Nutt Jazz Club, Southbank Centre, until 6 January 2024

The Nutcracker is one of those Christmas traditions that turns out to be not very traditional at all. First performed in St Petersburg in 1892, it didn’t catch on outside Russia until the late 1950s, when Balanchine’s version for New York City Ballet was repeatedly screened on network television in the USA and Festival Ballet’s production became a hardy perennial at the Royal Festival Hall.

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