Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) in The Nutcracker © ROH/Johan Persson

The Nutcracker

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Royal Opera House
Directed by Peter Wright

This all-time ballet favourite reaches its 25th anniversary in Peter Wright's glorious production.

When one of her Christmas presents comes to life, Young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure where she meets an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy, a chivalrous Prince and the mysterious Drosselmeyer amongst a whole host of classic characters, performed by the world-renowned Royal Ballet.

Production duration: 1 hr 48 min
Royal Opera House

Cast & creative team


  • The Sugar Plum Fairy
    Miyako Yoshida
  • The Prince
    Steven McRae
  • Herr Drosselmeyer
    Gary Avis
  • Clara
    Iohna Loots
  • Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker
    Ricardo Cervera


  • Lev Ivanov
    Original Choreography
  • Peter Wright
    Choreography/Production & Scenario
  • Marius Petipa
    Original Scenario
  • Julia Trevelyan Oman
  • Mark Henderson
    Lighting Design
  • Roland John Wiley
    Production Consultant
  • Christopher Carr
  • Charles Cole
    Director: The London Oratory Junior Choir
  • Peter Manning
    Concert Master
  • Koen Kessels