An all-new staging of a festive favourite

Royal Albert Hall

Once again, Birmingham Royal Ballet bring their version of this festive favourite to the Royal Albert Hall. The Nutcracker, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, proved the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

We join Clara in the Victorian setting of her family home. As midnight strikes, the Christmas tree grows and grows, and Clara’s nutcracker doll and his army of toy soldiers come to life. Clara is swept away through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Created especially for the Royal Albert Hall, this spectacular new staging featured Simon Callow as the voice of Clara’s mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer. 59 Productions provided projection design to complement Dick Bird’s set design, conjuring up a spellbinding fantasy world, in which Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 70 superb dancers and a full symphony orchestra wove their magic.



Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Peter Wright
Lev Ivanov
Vincent Redmon

Set Design

Dick Bird

Projection Design

59 Productions

Lighting Design

Peter Teigen

Sound Design

Bobby Aitken


Project Director

Leo Warner


Ollie Hester

Creative Associate

Akhila Krishnan

Senior Motion Designer

Nicol Scott

Technical Associate

Maximilien Spielbichler


Gareth Damian Martin
Jarek Radecki
Chris Stoneman
Lawrence Watson

Architectural Assistant

Marzio Scottoni

Design Assistant

Matthew Taylor

Design Intern

Felix Green