Nutcracker on Merseyside

Published: 1 November 2019
Reporter: David Upton

As part of its 70th anniversary season, English National Ballet is continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950. English National Ballet's Nutcracker returns this festive season with performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre (November 27–30) and London Coliseum (December 11–January 5).

Principal casting sees three debuts in the roles of Clara and Nephew. Guest artist Brooklyn Mack will debut in the role of Nephew for ENB partnered with Principal Shiori Kase, First Soloist Emma Hawes will debut in the role of Clara alongside First Soloist Aitor Arrieta and Daniel McCormick debuts as Nephew and will be dancing with Soloist Rina Kanehara.

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring to life the Tchaikovsky score featuring the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Flowers", performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Since its première in 2010, this festive family favourite has been seen by over 660,000 people, and continues to attract new audiences.