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What's On > Birmingham Royal Ballet - The Nutcracker

Fri 22 Nov - Thu 12 Dec 2013 (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.

Sir Peter Wright's unparalleled, world-famous production, complete with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, the designer of the Company's stunning Cinderella, performs in Birmingham Hippodrome this Christmas.

What more could a young girl ask for at Christmas, than for all her dreams to come true? Having crept 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.
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Peter Wright; Vincent Redmon; Lev Ivanov
Production Peter Wright
Designs John F. Macfarlane
Lighting David A. Finn

'A genuinely festive Nutcracker, affectionate and lively.' The Independent

'Unforgettable' The Stage

'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

'Delivers the wow-factor year on year' Birmingham Post 

Birmingham City Centre becomes extremely busy in the run up to Christmas, so please take a few moments to read our Visitor Guide to ensure your visit is as stress free as possible.


Tue Eves & Fri 22 Nov Eve at 7.30pm


Wed - Fri Eves at 7.30pm & Wed Mats at 2pm


Sat Mats at 2.30pm, Sat Eves at 7.30pm & Sun Mats at 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.
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 22 Nov - Thu 12 Dec 2013 (ARCHIVED LISTING)


I went with my 2 daughters to see the Nutcracker - our first time at the ballet. We found it absolutely beautiful. Love, love, loved it!!
Linda Smith \\ 10/12/2014
Mesmerising, stunning and totally beautiful. Can't wait to see it again!
Deborah Clarke \\ 10/12/2013
Another great AD performance the cast were superb, the AD team of Jonathon & Julia were on the highest of forms, the whole day thanks to the staff and volunteers really kicked off Christmas, there ares till a few seats left, dont miss out call and book now!
Mike hughes aka Blind Mike \\ 08/12/2013
amazing from start to finish, must be seen
linda martin \\ 04/12/2013
Fabulous wow! wow! dont miss this.
P & A Jackson \\ 24/11/2013

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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 20+ save £5
Groups 35+ save £6
Excludes Wed, Sat & Sun Matinees and Fri & Sat Eves
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Price Bands B & C only, excluding Wed, Sat & Sun Matinees and Fri & Sat Eves
£5 off each ticket in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.

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£3 off each ticket, excluding Wed, Sat & Sun Matinees and Fri & Sat Eves
24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for lowest price, maximum 2 per booker.       
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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