Sir Peter Wright's 'gift' Nutcracker to pass 500 performance milestone at Birmingham Royal Ballet

Christmas starts here…

Friday 25 November – Tuesday 13 December 2016

Friday 25 November 14.00 or 19.30 – Ticket allocations are limited, please send tickets requests to

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Birmingham Royal Ballet performs Sir Peter Wright’s magical production of The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome from 25 November to 13 December. Celebrating its 500th performance this season, this world-acclaimed production with its classic story, glorious dancing and instantly recognisable music, played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of theatregoers. It has become an annual tradition and, for many, it is true to say that Christmas starts here!

The Nutcracker was Sir Peter’s gift to the city of Birmingham in the year he led the Company from London to its new home at Birmingham Hippodrome. 26 successful years later, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Hippodrome are honoured that Sir Peter has chosen to join us for the opening night performance to celebrate his 90th birthday.

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

Birmingham Hippodrome

Friday 25 November – Tuesday 13 December 2016 (Press Night: 25 November, 19.30)
Tuesday – Saturday evenings 19.30, Tuesday and Thursday matinees 14.00, Friday 25 November, Wednesday 7 December matinee 14.00, Saturday matinees 14.30
Tickets from: £19 / 0844 338 5000

Additional events:
FREE pre-performance talk: Fridays 2 & 9 December, 18.30
Audio described performance: Saturday 26 November, 14.30 (Touch tour: 10.30)
Company class on stage (Tickets: £10): Saturday 26 November, 11.15
Audience open day (Free to matinee ticket holders): Saturday 26 November, 12.30 – 14.30

Principal dancers for the 2016 production of The Nutcracker are as follows:

Sugar Plum Fairy – Momoko Hirata, Céline Gittens, Nao Sakuma, Delia Mathews, Arancha Baselga, Yvette Knight, Maureya Lebowitz, Yaoqian Shang, Yijing Zhang, Karla Doorbar, Miki Mizutani*, Samara Downs, Jenna Roberts

Clara - Arancha Baselga, Karla Doorbar, Miki Mizutani, Laura Day, Beatrice Parma*, Reina Fuchigami

Prince - Jamie Bond, Joseph Caley, Chi Cao, Mathias Dingman, César Morales, Tyrone Singleton, Tzu-Chao Chou, Yasuo Atsuji, William Bracewell, Brandon Lawrence

* Debut

Friday25-NovMatineeShang / Bracewell / Mizutani
Friday25-NovEveningHirata / Caley / Doorbar
Saturday26-NovMatineeSakuma / Cao / Parma
Saturday26-NovEveningRoberts / Singleton / Fuchigami
Sunday27-NovMatineeGittens / Lawrence / Baselga
Tuesday25-NovMatineeRoberts / Singleton / Fuchigami
Tuesday25-NovEveningShang / Bracewell / Mizutani
Wednesday25-NovEveningHirata / Caley / Doorbar
Thursday01-DecMatineeGittens / Lawrence / Baselga
Thursday01-DecEveningDoorbar / Chou / Day
Friday02-DecEveningSakuma / Cao / Parma
Saturday03-DecMatineeKnight / Atsuji / Fuchigami
Saturday03-DecEveningMizutani / Morales / Day
Sunday04-DecMatineeBaselga / Dingman / Parma
Tuesday06-DecMatineeDoorbar / Chou / Day
Tuesday06-DecEveningZhang / Singleton / Mizutani
Wednesday07-DecMatineeDowns / Bond / Doorbar
Wednesday07-DecEveningBaselga / Dingman / Parma
Thursday08-DecMatineeMizutani / Morales / Day
Thursday08-DecEveningKnight / Atsuji / Fuchigami
Friday09-DecEveningLebowitz / Dingman / Day
Saturday10-DecMatineeMathews / Lawrence / Baselga
Saturday10-DecEveningDowns / Bond / Doorbar
Sunday11-DecMatineeZhang / Singleton / Mizutani
Tuesday13-DecMatineeLebowitz / Dingman / Day
Tuesday13-DecEveningMathews / Lawrence / Baselga