Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! — New Adventures

7 December 2021 - 30 January 2022

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Please note this information reflects the rescheduled dates of these performances. The original dates were cancelled when we announced the closure of our theatres to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The programme has not changed from its original version.

Music by Tchaikovsky

Reimagined for the 21st century

"Reworked, refreshed and remarkably vibrant’ "

The sweetest of all Matthew Bourne’s Christmas treats returns to London for a limited season at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. It’s a Nutcracker! like no other, adored by critics and audiences alike. With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, 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.

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and 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. Expect a sprinkling of delicious new surprises in this reinvented production for 2020.

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

★★★★ "A real treat. Like a sherbet lemon in a sea of seasonal treacle: sharp, smart and tangy on the tongue"

★★★★ "In a nutshell, it’s a cracker!"

"Utterly delicious – a dazzling extravaganza"

"Truly, truly scrumptious"

"The ultimate Christmas show"

Image description: Six dancers pose in a frothy explosion of pink costumes. Five of the dancers wear pale pink costumes with layered tutus and bodices dotted with white pompoms. On their heads they have frou-frou pink hats. In front of the group is a dancer with a strapless gown in a deeper shade of rose pink. They are posed against a mirror with a sparkling pink frame which multiples them.

Photo: Simon Annand

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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