The Nutcracker Makes Safe Return

Vaccination Policy and Safety Protocols Announced

September 28, 2021…  Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that The Nutcracker will return to the stage for live performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto this holiday season, December 10 – 31, 2021. Mr. Hughson also announced details of the company’s vaccination policy and safety protocols for the Fall Season and The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is a cherished holiday tradition and its onstage presence was greatly missed last year. I am thrilled the magic will return this year, with some adaptations to ensure the safety of our artists and audiences. The National Ballet of Canada is fully committed to a safe return and will adhere to, or surpass, all government requirements including proof of vaccination and capacity limits. All of us at the National Ballet are so looking forward to finally welcoming audiences back to the theatre,” said Mr. Hughson.

The Nutcracker 2021
One of the largest and most elaborate productions in the National Ballet’s repertoire, The Nutcracker will be presented with some adaptations to ensure the safety of all involved. All the children’s roles will be performed by students of Canada’s National Ballet School, with no external performers. There will be no children under the age of 12 in the production and all performers and crew will be fully vaccinated Additionally, the role of the Cannon Dolls will not be performed by celebrity guests this year.  

Vaccination and Safety Policies for Fall Season and The Nutcracker
In adherence with the Province of Ontario’s implementation of a mandatory vaccination policy for theatres and concert halls, and to ensure the safety of our audiences, artists and staff, all patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination along with government issued ID when they enter the Four Seasons Centre to attend a performance by The National Ballet of Canada. Audiences are also required to wear masks at all times, other than when eating or drinking. All children under the age of 12 will be required to provide proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR COVID-19 test. A discount will be added to tickets for children under the age of 12 to offset the cost of the test.

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The Nutcracker is choreographed by James Kudelka with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set and costume design by Santo Loquasto and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton.

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Subscriptions for the 2021/22 season are now on sale. Single tickets go on sale October 5, 2021.

The 2021/22 season launches this fall with a mixed programme of Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas and Serenade by George Balanchine, November 11 – 27.

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

Angels’ Atlas is commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada and is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Ballett Z├╝rich.

Philanthropic support for Angels’ Atlas is generously provided by An Anonymous Donor, Rosamond Ivey, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The Producers’ Circle, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Gail Hutchison Fund.

The performance of Serenade, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced by arrangement with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique®. Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.  

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Jillian Vanstone. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

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