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This time of year is our absolute favourite for seeing dance shows! It’s usually battle of The Nutcracker during this festive show season, but that’s a bonus for you because it means you’re likely to catch a gorgeous interpretation of the show no matter where you are in the country! We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite Nutcracker performances for you here, along with other must-see dance shows this Christmas 2018.  




  • The Lowry, Salford - La Fille Mal Gardee, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet - on until 27th Oct

  • Leeds Grand Theatre - The Nutcracker, performed by Royal Ballet - 4th - 16th Dec
  • Blackpool Grand Theatre - Beauty and the Beast Pantomime - 7th Dec - 6th Jan



  • Whitby Pavilion Theatre - Coppelia: Vienna Festival Ballet - 30th Nov




  • Royal Albert Hall - The Nutcracker, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet - 28th - 31st Dec 

Birmingham Hippodrome 

  • The Nutcracker, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet - 23rd Nov - 13th Dec




  • London Coliseum - The Nutcracker, performed by English National Ballet - 13th-30th Dec
  • Peacock Theatre - The Snowman - 22nd Nov - 6th Jan

Sadler’s Wells

  • Swan Lake, by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures - 4th Dec - 27th Jan
  • Rambert2 - 6th - 10th November

Lilian Baylis Studio

  • A Child's Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs, performed by Ballet Cymru - 3rd-4th Nov

Royal Opera House

  • La Bayadère - 1st - 17th Nov
  • The Nutcracker, performed by The Royal Ballet - 3rd Dec - 15th Jan
  • Les Patineurs 18th Dec - 4th Jan
  • The Unknown Soldier, performed by The Royal Ballet - 20th - 29th Nov


  • Rose Theatre - Hansel and Grettel - 6th Dec - 6th Jan


  • Canterbury Marlowe Theatre - The Three Musketeers, performed by Northern Ballet - 31st Oct - 3rd Nov



Ediburgh Festival Theatre - Cinderella, performed by Scottish Ballet - 8th-30th Dec



St David’s Hall, Cardiff

  • Snow Maiden, performed by Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia
  • Cinderella, performed by Russian State Ballet of Siberia


The Nutcracker by Ballet Ireland is touring near you this season! Check your local theatre to find your nearest production. 


How to See Dance Shows Without Travelling Far

Can’t get out to any shows this festive season? VUE cinemas are screening dance shows by the Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet this season, like festive favourite The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and Sleeping Beauty. Want a different approach to The Nutcracker? We're so excited for the release of Disney's remake starring Sergei Polunin and Misty Copeland! 

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