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Saturday, December 23, 2023


(Above: Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton - Copy (1).)

A fabulous festive treat for the whole family is Peter Wright’s magical production of The Nutcracker – on the big screen – at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban on December 29, 30 and 31, 2023.

The classic ballet, The Nutcracker, has become synonymous with Christmas cheer. There has been a staging of Joburg Ballet’s version recently, and The Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban’s Umbilo is about to screen Peter Wright’s brand new 2023 Christmas version of The Royal Ballet’s staging filmed recently at the Royal Opera House in London.

Set to the brilliant score by Tchaikovsky, this festive ballet classic combines the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular dancing.

Originally created for The Royal Ballet in 1984 and much loved all over the world, this show has long been a Christmas family favourite. With breath-taking choreography, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular score and Julia Trevelyan Oman’s gorgeous, timeless designs and live music from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, audiences are sure to delight in seeing this ballet classic broadcast live to their local cinema.

Featuring Royal Ballet dancers, Sophie Allnatt as Clara and Leo Dixon as her enchanted Nutcracker, prepare to be taken on a Christmas Eve adventure to fight the Mouse King, dance in the Kingdom of Sweets, and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince performed by Royal Ballet Principal dancers Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Marcelino Sambé.

Screenings are Friday December 29 at 18h00; Saturday 30 at 18h00 and Sunday 31 at 14h00.

R150 a ticket. Food available at the venue. Bar available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises).

Running time: 170 minutes (including 1 interval)

Limited secure parking available   

Booking is essential through Computicket / cell 0824998636 / email:


Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.