Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Dance , Ballet Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Wednesday November 23 2016 - Thursday January 12 2017
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Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
© Johan Persson

Christmas means 'The Nutcracker'. It's predictable, but it keeps box offices happy because the show's popularity shows no sign of waning. In terms of structure and story, it's not a particularly brilliant ballet, but the Royal's production is suitably lavish and their dancers top notch. If it's festive ritual you're after, this one's for you.

Venue name: Royal Opera House
Address: Bow St
Opening hours: Check website for show times
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: £5-£112

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3.8 / 5

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This is the worst the ballet evening I have ever experienced. If you want to have the pleasure of viewing a ballet do not book a performance with the English National Ballet as their policy allows people to take pictures and film which disturbs your viewing. People just do not know how to behave. There was rustling and crunching through the performance, you would think that people would know not to make noise especially when listening to a live orchestra. To top it off the performance was ruined by inconsiderate individuals taking pictures and filming. You would think that this would be prohibited and I hope that the ENB realise that it was not a good move to allow this as it really destroys the viewing experience for others. I was extremely disappointed. I love going to see live performances because to hear a live orchestra is amazing and to watch something live on stage is fascinating and is not the same as watching a DVD. The sets and costumes are beautiful and I am upset that I could not fully appreciate this performance because of the noise and light distractions.

Nikita Smith

The ballet was really enchanting, amazing costumes, lovely sets. The ballet was spoiled by the selfish behavior of the audience taking photographs and recording the production via their cameras+phones. Had my view obscured by a person taking pictures in front of me and glare from an Ipad from a person recording. Complained about this and was told ENB allow people to record the production so they will put it on social media. ENB need to get a grip on their PR and not cheapen the experience of theatregoers by having phones/cameras/Ipads shoved in their faces during live performances. It is not tolerated in the cinema, during plays or musicals, this behaviour should not be tolerated during a live ballet performance.