Birmingham Royal Ballet take The Nutcracker to the O2

August 4, 2011

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The O2 today announced that ballet will be returning to the world’s most successful music and entertainment venue this December as it stages the world’s most celebrated family Christmas show, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Following its Christmas 2011 season at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker will head to London and perform six shows at the O2. This follows the critical and commercial success of the Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet which was staged at The O2 in June and was watched by nearly 50,000 people.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker

From Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December 2011 Victor Hochhauser in association with The O2 and Universal Music Arts and Entertainment will present six magical performances of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world acclaimed interpretation of the Christmas classic.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading classical ballet touring company. Formerly Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, the Company has been based at Birmingham Hippodrome since 1990 and consists of 60 dancers from across the world and also boasts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia of 60 musicians. Led by award winning Director David Bintley, the company performs a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as groundbreaking new works. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s unparalleled and world-famous production of The Nutrcracker is by Peter Wright, complete with set and costumes by John MacFarlane, the designer of the Company’s stunning Cinderella. Birmingham Royal Ballet last performed The Nutcracker in London at the Lyceum theatre in 1999.  

Originally adapted from ETA Hoffman’s story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ and premiered in 1892, The Nutcracker has been performed every Christmas since.  In cities all over the world, from St Petersburg to Beijing, The Nutcracker is the most popular family Christmas show of all time. Widely regarded the finest production ever of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved ballet score, Sir Peter Wright’s choreography of The Nutcracker for Birmingham Royal Ballet has been enchanting audiences since 1990 and now comes to The O2.

Ingrid Sutej, Director of Content Development for The O2, said: “With nearly 50,000 people visiting The O2 to watch Romeo and Juliet we have shown that there is a huge appetite for ballet out there.  We are absolutely thrilled to present The Nutcracker, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet, at a time of year when families are spending time together. It is a magical event that just encapsulates the festive spirit in a unique way and it will make for a very happy Christmas at our venue.”

Keith Longmore, Communications Director for Birmingham Royal Ballet added, “This production of The Nutcracker was the first new work made by the Company after its move from Sadler’s Wells to its new home in Birmingham. Its scale, production values, magic and entertainment sums up everything that is Birmingham Royal Ballet. To have this opportunity to bring this work back to the capital after twelve years is a prospect that is exciting everyone involved in the staging of this epic production.”

Determined to continue making ballet more accessible and affordable to a wider family audience, thousands of tickets for The Nutcracker will be available from as little as £10 per person and tickets for children under 16 will all be half price.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this world famous show to The O2,” said Lilian Hochhauser, Director of Victor Hochhauser. “The O2 will bring a whole new dimension to The Nutcracker.  I cannot wait to see how an already visually spectacular production transforms when performed in this stunning arena.  It is going to be absolutely breathtaking.”

Manfred Seipt, Managing Director of UMA&E added:  “I am thrilled to be associated with The O2 and Victor Hochhauser in bringing this show to The O2.” 


Dates and booking details:

Birmingham Hippodrome

Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Friday 25 November – Sunday 11 December 2011

Box Office: 0844 338 5000 


The O2 Arena

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX        

Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 December 2011

Box Office: 0844 856 0202 (General sale from Monday 8 August)

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One Response to “Birmingham Royal Ballet take The Nutcracker to the O2”

  1. Chris Says:

    I wonder what the English National Ballet is going to make of a direct head-to-head? They are performing twice a day from 27-30 December and the Nutcracker is their biggest income that keeps them going. Let’s hope it brings a completely different audience to ballet who might move on the ENB (if it’s still going).