Royal Opera House Encore

Discover the magic of Christmas right here in Cumbria this year with an enchanted, festive screening of The Nutcracker at the Kirkgate Centre

A young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score.

A Christmas classic and the perfect family treat the festive season... a Christmas tree that magically grows, a battle between toy soldiers and an Army of Mice, and the famous role of the Sugar Plum Fairy danced by Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb with her Prince, Principal dancer Steven McRae.

Peter Wright’s enchanting production tells the story of Clara, danced by Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward, whose Christmas is transformed by a visit from Drosselmeyer, a mysterious magician and maker of magical toys. Drosselmeyer longs to break a curse that has turned his nephew, danced by Australian Principal Alexander Campbell, into a nutcracker doll.

Matched with exquisite designs and world-famous melodies, this production of The Nutcracker has enthralled audiences for over 30 years since its opening in 1984. It showcases the full energy of the Company, alongside the emerging talent of young dancers from The Royal Ballet School. The stunning costumes, numbering around 600 and dating back to the world-premiere, are revitalised for the show.

Please note: Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Age guidance: TBC
Running time:
Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes including one interval


Full price: £15
Concession (u18, student): £12
Family Early Bird (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children): £40*
Family (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children): £50**

Please note:
*Family Early Bird tickets must be booked by 30th November
** Family Tickets charged at £50 from 1st December


Can't wait until the show? Click here to see lots more on The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House including exclusive interviews and a closer look at the timeless story.