San Francisco Ballet presents Nutcracker
Experience the magical winter wonderland of toy soldiers, King of the Mice, Sugar Plum Fairy, and so much more. This dazzling production is a kaleidoscope of over 150 dancers accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Create everlasting memories with loved ones.
Nutcracker tickets on sale to the general public fall 2023. Tickets are available to 2024 Season Subscribers only at this time.
December 13–30, 2023
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission.
Children under age 3, including babes in arms, will not be admitted inside the auditorium. Everyone entering the Opera House, regardless of age, must have a ticket, and children must occupy their assigned seat next to an accompanying adult.
DEC 14 & DEC 19, 11 AM
SCHOOL-TIME PERFORMANCES FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
We invite young audiences to experience the wonder of Nutcracker during a school-time performance. Great for school groups and families with young children. Recommended for audiences ages 3–17.
DEC 16, 12 PM
NUTCRACKER BENEFIT LUNCHEON: LAND OF DREAMS
Return to the Land of Dreams! Meet your favorite characters, savor a delightful luncheon and activities at Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall, then attend a matinee of Nutcracker. It’s San Francisco’s most festive celebration of our beloved holiday tradition.
DEC 30, 11 AM
SENSORY FRIENDLY AND FAMILY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE
A relaxed and welcoming environment for neurodiverse audiences of all abilities to experience the magic of Nutcracker. This performance is also a wonderful opportunity for first-time ballet-goers or young children to experience ballet in a more informal setting.
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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.