Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! tickets at Sadler’s Wells, London

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

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It’s a Nutcracker! like no other, adored by critics and audiences alike.

Matthew Bourne’s spectacular and much-loved production of The Nutcracker returns to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas. Featuring family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy all set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

Anthony Ward’s delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional Christmas favourite.

Hailed by The Observer as “the undisputed king of dance theatre”, master storyteller Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures company have produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last two decades including The Red Shoes, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Edward Scissorhands and most recently his acclaimed reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! is booking from 07 December 2021 until 30 January 2022 at Sadler’s Wells, London.

What is Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! about?

Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s.

Expect a sprinkling of delicious new surprises in this reinvented production for 2021.

Who is in the Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! cast?

Cordelia Braithwaite and Katrina Lyndon will play Clara; Ashley Shaw and Monique Jonas will play Princess Sugar.

Harrison Dowzell will play the title role, along with Ben Brown and Reece Causton and Fritz will be played by Dominic North, James Lovell and Stephen Murray. Playing the formidable Dr Dross will be Neil Westmoreland, Reece Causton and Danny Reubens with his wife, Mrs Dross performed by Madelaine BrennanDaisy May Kemp and Steph Billers.

The citizens of Sweetieland are performed by Jonathon Luke Baker, Benjamin Barlow Bazeley, Alistair Beattie, Isaac Peter Bowry, Kayla Collymore, Keenan Fletcher, Cameron Flynn, Rose Goddard, Shoko Ito, Harry Ondrak-Wright, Catrin Thomas, Bryony Wood, Jade Copas, Jessica Crompton, Gabrielle de Souza, Kurumi Kamayachiand Rory Macleod. 

Reviews of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!

★★★★ "Spine-tingling" - The Guardian
★★★★ "A real treat. Like a sherbet lemon in a sea of seasonal treacle: sharp, smart and tangy on the tongue" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "In a nutshell, it’s a cracker!" - The Times
★★★★★ "A ballet which fizzes with energy and theatre as it bursts from grey orphanage into bright Sweetieland" - The Soctsman
"The ultimate Christmas show" - Evening Standard
"Utterly delicious – a dazzling extravaganza" - Sunday Telegraph
"Truly, truly scrumptious" - Independent on Sunday
★★★★  Average review score

Show Information

Age restrictions
No under 5s
Running time
1 hour 55 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 30 January 2022

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Important Notes

From Tuesday 14 December until further notice, upon arrival at Sadler’s Wells and the Peacock Theatre, as well as your e-tickets, all members of your party over the age of 11 must demonstrate their COVID-19 status to gain entry in ONE of the following ways:

Full Vaccination: Status provided by COVID Pass via NHS app or NHS website, Letter via NHS website or calling 119, or a Vaccine card and photo ID. OR Documentation to prove a negative PCR/ Lateral Flow test has been taken within the 48 hours prior to attendance: Status provided by COVID Pass via NHS app or NHS website or NHS-Self Report Tool confirmation email and/or text message, OR Natural Immunity: Status provided by COVID Pass via NHS app or NHS website, Letter via NHS website or calling 119.

Venue Information

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Nearest Tube or Train: Angel (Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 19, 38, 341, 171a
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