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Last night, English National Ballet hosted a star-studded party at St Martins Lane on Thursday 12 December to celebrate Tamara Rojo’s second season as Artistic Director with an exquisite Christmas production of The Nutcracker. A firm favourite in the winter social calendar this year’s guests at English National Ballet’s Christmas party included Elizabeth Hurley, Simon Pegg, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Hayley Atwell, Arlene Phillips and John Simm. To download images please visit

Wayne Eagling’s captivating production of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum takes audiences on an enchanting journey with Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer. In costumes shimmering with Swarovski Crystallised elements, English National Ballet’s dancers bring to life Tchaikovsky’s eternally popular score which features the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Waltz of the Flowers and many other familiar favourites. Swarovski have generously supported English National Ballet since 2007. Set in a world of frosty Edwardian elegance designed by Peter Farmer, this magical production has been enjoyed by over 200,000 since it opened in 2010.

This is English National Ballet’s 12th production of The Nutcracker since it performed its first full length Nutcracker in its founding year of 1950. English National Ballet has established the tradition of performing The Nutcracker every single Christmas since then.

Guests were treated to a cocktail, The Nutcracker, specially created by Light Bar for English National Ballet, made from Imperial Collection Gold Vodka served with Bailey's Irish Cream, Amaretto Almond, Frangelico Hazelnut and vanilla ice cream. Delicious canapés by Asia de Cuba included round vegetable tartlets and goat’s cheese mousse, mini fish and chips on mushy peas, mini turkey burgers with cranberry sauce, mushroom parcels, halloumi and pepper skewers, duck pancake rolls, mini Christmas puddings with rum custard and mini Mexican doughnuts.

To end the evening guests moved over to the London Coliseum for a performance of The Nutcracker, with party bags filled with ESPA Fitness Oils and Penhaligons Iris Prima perfume. Flowers and crystal candelabras were provided by Laura Kuy.

English National Ballet’s timeless production of The Nutcracker runs until 5 January 2014.

To book tickets call 0871 911 0200 or visit

London Coliseum

11 December – 5 January 2014

Box office: 020 7845 9300

11-14, 16-21, 23, 26-28, 30 December 7:30pm

2-4 January 7:30pm

24, 31 December 1pm

12, 14, 16-21, 23, 26-30 December 2:30pm

2-5 January 2:30pm

The performance runs for approximately two hours and 15 minutes one 25 minute interval

English National Ballet brings world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience, delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new. English National Ballet aspires to be the most exciting and creative ballet company in the UK.

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