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NUTCRACKER

NUTCRACKER

San Francisco Ballet presents Nutcracker

Sometimes, a gift isn’t just a gift. It’s a key to a new world. A young heroine. A Nutcracker-turned-prince. The small but mighty army of mice. The beautiful conclusion of a sugar plum celebration. It’s a story so good, it bears retelling again and again.

All the characters you know, and love are back for another thrilling performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker. Enjoy exquisite dancing, stunning sets and Tchaikovsky’s popular score played live by the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Orchestra.

Don’t miss out on the must-see show of the holiday season. Grab your tickets and reserve the edge of your seat today.

Check out these performance dates for special pricing

Dec 8–9
Dec 13–15
Dec 26–27

JUST ANNOUNCED! SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE ON DEC 21 AT 7 PM

We are pleased to announce our first ever Sensory Friendly Performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker on Wednesday, December 21st at 7 PM! This full-length performance will provide a relaxed, shush-free, and shame-free environment for audience members of all ages and abilities to experience this magical holiday tradition in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Sensory Friendly Performances are designed to create a welcoming performing arts experience for people with autism, sensory input disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities, and their families, friends, and caretakers. In collaboration with our community partners from Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, SF Ballet has made special accommodations to the performance and theater-going experience to make neurodiverse audiences feel welcome to experience Nutcracker in a fun, accepting environment.

*Although the performance on December 21 at 7 PM is adapted specifically to accommodate individuals with special needs and/or sensory sensitivities, the general public is welcome to attend. All patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the adjustments of the Sensory Friendly Performance in order to help create a welcoming and accommodating environment for all audience members.

Learn More About the Sensory Friendly Performance

December 8–27, 2022

COMPOSER

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

CHOREOGRAPHER

Helgi Tomasson

Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission.

To maintain an enjoyable experience for all patrons, children should stay in their own seats, and remain quiet during the performance.
The show is recommended for ages 5+, and children under age 3, lap-sitting, and standing are not allowed.

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Know Your Nutcracker

Explore the world of San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker with our digital library of stories, stats, and facts about America's first full-length production.

THE STORY OF NUTCRACKER

One unforgettable, magical Christmas Eve journey

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HELGI TOMASSON’S 2004 NUTCRACKER

The largest production SF Ballet has ever undertaken

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NUTCRACKER

The quintessential holiday classic, SF Ballet style

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NUTCRACKER NOTES

8 Stats about the Nutcracker Orchestra

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Scenic Design: Michael Yeargan
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Projection Design: Wendall K. Harrington

The 2004 premiere of Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker was made possible by Lead Sponsors The Herbert Family and The Swanson Foundation, and Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Kathleen Scutchfield, and The Smelick Family.