All performances sold out. Some singles available for select performances.

Standing room tickets are $12 and are available at 11am on the day of the show in person at the Four Seasons Centre box office.

The Nutcracker

December 10—31, 2016

The Nutcracker

December 10—31, 2016

About the Ballet

Ever since its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been an integral and irreplaceable part of Christmas celebrations worldwide and a work of theatrical exuberance synonymous with the unfettered joys of childhood wonderment. The National Ballet of Canada’s touching and multilayered version of the famous ballet, choreographed by James Kudelka, is a spectacular re-imagining that has been greeted with rapturous acclaim by audiences whenever it is performed.

This Nutcracker creates a fresh context for the E.T.A. Hoffmann children’s classic that has formed the basis for so many adaptations. Mr. Kudelka situates the story in 19th century Russia, where the idyllic, natural rhythms of farm life provide the backdrop to the fantastic dream journey of Misha and Marie, the brother and sister at the centre of the narrative. We follow the bickering siblings through an astonishing dreamscape of fantastic creatures, places and events, before they finally arrive at the magical palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy, having grown into a new maturity and understanding. With Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score underpinning the entire spectacular affair, The Nutcracker is a ballet like no other.

The Nutcracker Trailer


The Nutcracker: 2016/17 Preview

Backstage at The Nutcracker

The Magic Behind the Snow Scene in The Nutcracker

The Magic Behind the Dancing Horse in The Nutcracker

Twelve Days of The Nutcracker

“The best Nutcracker on the planet” The Globe and Mail

Nutcracker 2016 View Gallery  

Reviews

“★★★★/4 The holiday season theatrical event by which all others must be judged” —Toronto Star

“Remains as fresh as the day it premiered in 1995.” —The Globe and Mail

“The National Ballet’s Nutcracker is for kids from one to 92” —National Post

“The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of The Nutcracker is sheer delight.” —Digital Journal

“★★★★★/5 A magical Christmas tapestry woven out of threads spun by composer Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, author E.T.A. Hoffman, choreographer James Kudelka and designer Santo Loquasto.” —24 Hours

Running Time

  • Act I 50m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 50m
  • Total (approx) 2h

Casting

The Sugar Plum Fairy
Jillian Vanstone (December 10, 13, 22 at 7:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 1:00 pm)
Jurgita Dronina (December 10 at 2:00 pm/December 11 at 1:00 pm/December 14, 17 & 23 at 7:00 pm/December 29 at 5:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (December 11, 18 at 5:30 pm/December 16 at 7:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (December 15, 20, 21, 23 at 7:00 pm/December 17 at 2:00 pm/December 18 & 31 at 1:00 pm)
Tina Pereira (December 27 at 1:00 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (December 24 at 1:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 5:30 pm)

Peter/The Nutcracker
Piotr Stanczyk (December 10 at 2:00 pm/December 14, 17 at 7:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell (December 10, 13, 22 at 7:00 pm)
Guillaume Côté (December 11 at 1:00 pm/December 23 at 7:00 pm/December 29 at 5:30 pm)
Harrison James (December 11, 18 at 5:30 pm/December 16 at 7:00 pm)
McGee Maddox (December 15, 21 at 7:00 pm/December 18, 31 at 1:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (December 17 at 2:00 pm/December 20 at 7:00 pm/December 27 at 1:00 pm)
Evan McKie (December 24 at 1:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 5:30 pm)
Francesco Gabriele Frola* (December 28, 30 at 1:00 pm)

Snow Queen
Xiao Nan Yu (December 10 at 2:00 pm/December 14, 17 at 7:00 pm)
Alexandra MacDonald (December 10, 13, 22, 23 at 7:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (December 11 at 1:00 pm/December 29 at 5:30 pm)
Tanya Howard (December 11, 18 at 5:30 pm/December 16 at 7:00 pm/December 27 at 1:00 pm)
Emma Hawes (December 15, 21 at 7:00 pm/December 18, 31 at 1:00 pm)
Jenna Savella (December 17 at 2:00 pm/December 20 at 7:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 1:00 pm)
Hannah Fischer (December 24 at 1:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 5:30 pm)

Baba
Lise-Marie Jourdain 
(December 10 at 2:00 pm/December 14, 17, 20 at 7:00 pm)
Rebekah Rimsay (December 10, 13, 22 at 7:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 1:00 pm)
Tiffany Mosher (December 11, 31 at 1:00 pm/December 23 at 7:00 pm/December 29 at 5:30 pm)
Andreea Olteanu (December 11, 18 at 5:30 pm/December 16 at 7:00 pm/December 17 at 2:00 pm/December 27 at 1:00 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (December 15, 21 at 7:00 pm/December 18, 24 at 1:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 5:30 pm)

Uncle Nikolai
Jonathan Renna (December 10 at 2:00 pm/December 14, 17, 23 at 7:00 pm/December 29 at 5:30 pm)
Robert Stephen (December 10, 13, 22 at 7:00 pm/ December 28, 30 at 1:00 pm)
Jack Bertinshaw (December 11, 31 at 1:00 pm/December 15, 21 at 7:00 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi (December 11, 18 at 5:30 pm/December 16, 20 at 7:00 pm/December 17 at 2:00 pm/December 27 at 1:00 pm)
Spencer Hack* (December 18, 24 at 1:00 pm/December 28, 30 at 5:30 pm)

* Debut

Further Reading

The Nutcracker Synopsis

Running Time

  • Act I 50m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 50m
  • Total (approx) 2h

Credits

Choreography and Libretto:
James Kudelka, O.C.

Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Set and Costume Design:
Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

The National Ballet of Canada orchestra with VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

 

Story Time

Designed to enhance children's experience of the ballet, Nutcracker Story Time is an engaging, interactive telling of the magical holiday story that allows children to have a better understanding of the performance they are attending.

Join us 45 minutes before every performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for Nutcracker Story Time!

The Nutcracker Story Time is Written and Directed by Gerry Campbell starring Ruth Tinker and Chris Baker.

Set in Victorian Russia, Marie and Misha recount a wonderful holiday dream 30 years later.

Nutcracker Story Time is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

Virtual Museum

Get more insight into The Nutcracker through our Virtual Museum featuring set and costume sketches, footwear, artifacts and more from the National Ballet Archives.

Visit Virtual Exhibit

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