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San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker. (© Erik Tomasson)

NUTCRACKER

NUTCRACKER

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF NUTCRACKER THIS DECEMBER

A joyous return to a magical holiday tradition! This holiday season, gather friends and family to celebrate the return of Nutcracker, an enchanting ballet with a feel-good story about the wonder of childhood.

Set at a Christmas Eve party in 1915 San Francisco, Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl given a magical nutcracker doll. The Nutcracker comes to life in her dreams, battles the evil King of the Mice, and takes Clara to a Crystal Palace full of dancing. With brilliant choreography by Helgi Tomasson and a beloved score by Tchaikovsky, SF Ballet's Nutcracker is a festive treat for the entire family!

COVID SAFETY

Updated 9/29: To attend a performance or event at the War Memorial Opera House, all patrons aged 12 and over must present proof of full vaccination status alongside a matching photo ID. Children under 12 years of age who are not yet eligible for vaccination must present a negative COVID-19 test result (either PCR or antigen test) taken within 48 hours of the start time of the performance they are attending. Masks are required for everyone at all times, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the War Memorial Opera House.

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San Francisco Ballet is carefully monitoring the evolving pandemic and continues to follow the health guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, and the City and County of San Francisco. We cannot wait to get back on the Opera House stage to perform Nutcracker and as an organization, we are planning accordingly to ensure the safety of audiences, artists, and staff. While we finalize preparations for our safe return, we have delayed the sale of Nutcracker tickets until fall. Please check back with us for updates on October 6 or sign-up to our email list to be notified as tickets are available.

December 10–30, 2021

COMPOSER

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

CHOREOGRAPHER

Helgi Tomasson

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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Nutcracker Calendar

*30% savings for Orchestra Side and Dress Circle seats is valid for the evening performances on Dec 10, Dec 12 - 16, Dec 26 - 27, and matinee performances on Dec 28 - 30. Offer ends October 31, 2021. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous purchased tickets.

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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“THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING WITH THE HORSES”

Jeffrey Lyons’ favorite Nutcracker memories

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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.