The Nutcracker: at Leeds Grand Theatre from 29 November to 10 December

Northern Ballet’s enchanting festive favourite The Nutcracker, returns to Leeds Grand Theatre this November following its hugely successful run last year with multiple sell-out performances. 

The story of Clara and her wooden Nutcracker doll is much more than it seems. As the clock strikes midnight, she finds herself being whisked away on a magical adventure through a winter wonderland filled with dancing snowflakes and a whole host of colourful characters. 

Rachael Gillespie. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Synonymous with Christmas, The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favourite ballets and has delighted audiences, young and old, for over 100 years. The perfect introduction to classical ballet, The Nutcracker has something for everyone, from the iconic dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to an epic battle between the Nutcracker Prince and the villainous Mouse King.  

Saeka Shirai and Jonathan Hanks. Photograph by Kyle Baines

The ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s instantly recognisable music, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, sure to fill audiences with festive cheer from the very first note.

Northern Ballet dancers. Photograph by Kyle Baines.

Tickets are now on sale, visit to find out more and book. 

Northern Ballet is hosting an audio-described performance and Touch Tour for visually-impaired patrons. For more information, visit

Main photograph by Kyle Baines.

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