The Nutcracker

December 12, 2019—January 4, 2020

The Nutcracker

December 12, 2019—January 4, 2020

About the Ballet

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James Kudelka’s vibrant, entertaining, touching and spectacular re-imagining of the timeless Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, has been an indispensible part of the rituals and pleasures of the holiday season since its premiere in 1995. In Kudelka’s re-telling of the well-known story, events are situated in 19th century Russia, where the rhythms of the natural world and rural life provide the backdrop for the wondrous dream journey of Misha and Marie, the brother and sister at the heart of the narrative. As the pair move through an astonishing landscape of ever more fantastic visions, finally arriving at the magical palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy, we come to understand that the dream journey they have been on is also a journey of growth, maturation and the attainment of wisdom.

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

The Nutcracker

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Nutcracker by the Numbers

The Evergreen Appeal of The Nutcracker


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

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

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

“★★★★★/5 A magical Christmas tapestry weaved out of threads spun by composer Pyotr Ilyich 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


Choreography and Libretto:
James Kudelka, O.C.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Set and Costume Design:
Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

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.

Running Time

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

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Karen Kain - 50 Glorious Years!

2019/20 marks Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada.

View a Timeline of Her Illustrious Career

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Story Time

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

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

Nutcracker Story Time is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

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