Remaining Performances of The Nutcracker Cancelled

December 22, 2021…  Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that the remaining performances of The Nutcracker from December 22 to 31, 2021 will be cancelled due to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 within the company ranks.

“It is an incredibly difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances of The Nutcracker, for both the company and artists but also for our audiences as we know it is such a big part of many holiday traditions,” said Hughson. “However, our first and foremost priority has always been the health and safety of all and although this news is not unexpected, we are deeply saddened to have to cancel the beloved holiday favourite mid-run.”

For the past 22 months, the National Ballet has been able to remain clear of COVID-19 with the dancers, musicians, staff and crew being fully vaccinated and rigorous testing and strict safety protocols in place. The National Ballet will continue to prioritize the health and safety of its artists, staff and audiences.

All ticketholders have been contacted and offered several options including a full refund.

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iA Financial Group presents The Nutcracker.

BMO Financial Group Presents the 2021/22 Season.

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.

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.

Artists of the Ballet. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

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