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What's On > Birmingham Royal Ballet - The Nutcracker

Fri 25 Nov - Sun 11 Dec 2011 (ARCHIVED LISTING)
Let yourself get swept up in the excitement of Christmas with one of the most famous classical ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In this unparalleled, world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright, complete with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, the designer of the Company’s stunning Cinderella, this is one not to be missed!
What more could a young girl ask for at Christmas, than for all her dreams to come true? After sneaking downstairs at midnight to play with her new Nutcracker doll, Clara is swept up in a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic and mystery.
After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the King of the Rats, she is whisked away to an enchanted land and dances the night away in his arms, meeting a host of strange and exotic characters, before she is finally transformed into a beautiful ballerina.
The night passes in a blur and she wakes up on Christmas morning, at the foot of the Christmas tree, with memories that will stay with her forever, as the memory of this amazing production will stay with everyone who sees it.

2 under 16s HALF PRICE with a full paying adult
Price Bands B & C only, on selected performances

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'As a stage spectacle it is sumptuous, with thrilling transformation scenes'
The Sunday Times

'Superior to any other presented in the UK today'
The Arts Desk


The Stage

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Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography PeterWright, Vincent Redmon, Lev Ivanov
Production Peter Wright
Designs John F. Macfarlane
Lighting David A. Finn

Leading Ladies

Tue 29 Nov 2pm & 7.30pm, Fri 2 Dec 6.30pm and Tue 6 Dec 2pm & 7.30pm


All other performances (Wed - Sat Eves at 7.30pm, Thu Mats 2pm, Sat Mats 2.30pm and Sun Mats 1pm)


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Dining at Circle
Birmingham Hippodrome’s popular restaurant, situated on Middle Circle level of the theatre foyer, is the perfect venue for a matinee lunch or an evening dinner. Come a little earlier, meet up with friends and relax over good food and a chance to browse through the programme, just a short walk from your seats in the auditorium. Click above for more details, sample menus and online reservations.

Please note Circle Restaurant is fully booked on 3 and 9 December, we currently still have availability for our Pre-Theatre Piano Suppers and StageSide.

Pre-Theatre Piano Suppers
Served a few steps from the auditorium in our Pinsent Masons Hospitality Suite at 6pm
Available on: 3rd and 9th December – BRB’s The Nutcracker
Two Course Supper and Music from our Pianist for just £19.50
Supper: Rosemary chicken, potted salmon, tomato & basil salsa, salad leaves, warm buttered potatoes or Beef Bourguignon with creamy mash & green beans.
Pudding: Chocolate truffle torte, coffee bean sauce, crème fraiche
Bar available in the room. Your table is reserved for the interval.
Vegetarian option available.
Call 0844 338 9000 to reserve your table.

Eat and Drink at Stageside
Just over the road from our stage door on Thorp Street, StageSide is our casual, brasserie style experience with a lively bar and quick service.  Ideal as a place to meet friends before or after your Hippodrome visit, you might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt.  Pop in for a coffee or a drink, or a tasty dish or two from our simple modern British menu, all at attractive prices. Click above for more details and sample menus.

Indulge yourself with our mouthwatering canapés and champagne, served at your own reserved foyer table either pre-show or during the interval. To book call 0844 338 9000. Click above for more info and a sample canapé selection.

Quick Bites at Deli Bar
If you are short on time and looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat before the show, our Deli Bar offers the perfect solution. Situated on Front Circle Foyer, in front of our main entrance, the Deli Bar offers a selection of hot or cold dishes as well as a variety of delicious sandwiches, desserts, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Click above for more info.

Theatre Packages
Whether it’s VIP treatment, Romance or a ‘Night Out with the Girls ‘, we’ve just the package for you. Treat your family, friends or loved ones to something special, our 3 packages are designed to make your visit to the Hippodrome extra special and are ideal to celebrate special occasions.Click above for more details and contact details.


Our bars, conveniently positioned on each main foyer level serve a great range of wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, Champagne by the bottle or glass and fresh 'bean to cup' coffee.


Fri 25 Nov - Sun 11 Dec 2011 (ARCHIVED LISTING)


Spectacular, beautiful, moving production. Laura Purkiss was brilliant as Clara, it was impossible not to watch her. She is so engaging, graceful and effortless, she appears to be enjoying herself so much. The best Clara we have ever watched. Thank you.
Susannah Jenkin \\ 11/12/2011
Breathtaking,mesmerising,truly magnificent are just a few of the many words to describe this ballet.It had me imagining myself to actually be in the story!Wonderful cast,superb orchestra and overall, a simply amazing performance!Thankyou
Hannah Ludlow \\ 01/12/2011
This is the fourth production of the Nutcracker I have seen and is easily the best. The reason for this is not the excellent dancing or music but the general production of scenery and effects. A magical production.
pamela steer \\ 30/11/2011
Absolutely superb! Cast kept us enthralled. Orchestra wonderful. Scenery breathtaking. Fantastic for all ages.
K Evans \\ 27/11/2011

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 We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. For further queries on the information below please contact Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000.
Groups 10+ save £4
Groups 35+ save £6
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>>Family Offer
2 under 16s HALF PRICE with a full paying adult
Price Bands B & C only, on selected performances.
>>Schools and Youth Groups

Parties of 10 or more pay £10 for weekday matinee performances price bands C, D & E. Every 11th seat free for teachers/organiser!

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>>Concessions for Patrons with Disabilities
£5 off each ticket in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
For sign-language interpreted performances, please mention at time of booking if you wish to be seated near the signer: lowest price applies.
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>>Under 18s, Full-Time Students, Claimants, Over 60s & Passport To Leisure
£3 off each ticket
>>Student Standby & Passport To Leisure Standby
24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for lowest price, maximum 2 per booker.    

>>Terms and Conditions
Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

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