Christmas isn't Christmas without the Nutcracker.  Last month I went to see the English National Ballet's production of the classic festive ballet and it was magical.  After my last day in the office for ten days, I met my mum for a quick pre-theatre dinner and made our way to the Coliseum, passed the Christmas tree made of 500 pointe shoes, and took our seats with a glass of Champagne. I've seen the Nutcracker at least eight times - and the ENB's production of Tchaikovsky's classic three times - and going (especially with my mama) is my favourite festive tradition.

English National Ballet's Nutcracker at the Coliseum - London theatre blog

It opens with ice skaters on a frozen lake, a Christmas Eve party and children excitedly opening presents before Clara (performed by Lead Principal and ENB Artistic Director Tamara Rojo) discovers a magical world. As the clock strikes midnight we meet her dashing soldier, the Mouse King and his army of mice, glittering snowflakes in the land of snow and dancers from all over the world.  The English National Ballet Philharmonic orchestra bring Tchaikovsky's glorious music to life, with choreography by Wayne Eagling and stage design and costumes by Peter Farmer.  It's the last week to see it before next winter.

Nutcracker, 16 Dec 2015 – 10 Jan 2016
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane WC2N 4ES