The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
A Unicorn production
Uncover the original story behind the ballet.
- By Annie Siddons
- Directed by Ellen McDougall
'The most enchanting night I have had at the theatre for quite some time' WhatsOnStage
This Christmas the Unicorn goes back to the roots of E.T.A. Hoffmann's magical story to create this wondrous and festive production of an old and favourite title.
It's Christmas Eve, 1805. Seven year-old Marie retrieves the sad and broken Nutcracker from under the Christmas tree and promises to look after him. But on the stroke of midnight he comes alive, and after enlisting Marie’s help in his battle with the evil Mouse King, they journey together through strange and fantastical stories until they finally arrive in a secret land made of nothing but candy.
Full of magic, mice and adventure, this will be a Christmas show to remember.
'...the storytelling is so evocative that the audience sits spellbound.' ★★★★
'celebrates the power of dreaming...plenty to delight the eye'
'If you’re still wondering what to give the children in your life for Christmas, look no further.' ★★★★
'Combines all the ingredients a family would wish from a Christmas show' ★★★★
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'provides gasps of fright, squeals of joy and rounds of laughter.'
A Younger Theatre
'a celebration of the imagination...has delicate charm'
‘an inventive mix of charm and whimsy’
Travel warning: London Bridge services
Set and Costume Designer: James Button
Puppet Designer: Max Humphries
Lighting Designer: Andy Purves
Composer, Musical Director and Sound Designer: Marc Teitler
Assistant Sound Designer: Malachy Orozco
Movement Director: Wilkie Branson
Fight Director: Alison de Burgh
Cast: Naomi Ackie, Alex Austin, Colin Michael Carmichael, Ashley Gerlach, Sandy Grierson, Akiya Henry, Kristin Hutchinson, Asif Khan and Julia Innocenti
For schools (suitable for years 3-7)
School tickets are £10, with every eleventh ticket free, please contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 to book.
Up Club+, Sat 6 Dec 12-2pm
Snow Globe Spectacular! Create your own snow shaker globe full of magic. £6 each (includes an ice cream at the interval). Limited availability - contact Box Office on 020 7645 0560 to book.
Find out more about the show
Our free post-show Insights offer audience members the opportunity to ask questions in response to the show during an informal Q&A session with the actors and creative team. These will take place after the following performances:
Sat 29 Nov after 3pm show, Wed 10 Dec after 10.30am show, Sun 21 Dec after 2pm show.