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

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

San Francisco Ballet presents a Nutcracker spectacle.

Step into the reverie of little Clara in this unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of more than 150 dancers. Battle the King of Mice and of course, dance through the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Helgi Tomasson’s dazzling San Francisco-inspired production is accompanied by a brilliant live orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Share unforgettable moments and everlasting memories with loved ones during this very special holiday time and tradition.

UPDATE: To ensure the health and safety of everyone in the War Memorial Opera House, starting December 27 dancers will be masked while performing in group scenes. While our dancers and musicians are fully vaccinated and tested two to three times per week, we are monitoring the news about the Omicron variant and remaining flexible to ensure a safe performance for all.

*Nutcracker is most magical for children 5 and older. No children under age 3. In order to maintain an enjoyable experience for all patrons, children should be able to stay in their own seat, stay quiet during the performance, and wear a mask at all times. Lap-sitting and standing are not allowed.

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COVID SAFETY – BOOSTER SHOT AND MASKS REQUIRED

December 10–30, 2021

COMPOSER

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

CHOREOGRAPHER

Helgi Tomasson

Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission

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NUTCRACKER GROUPS

Create an unforgettable Nutcracker experience—bring a group to see this lavish production and save 20% on selected performances. It's the perfect outing for ages 5 and up.

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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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SIX STEPS TO A DREAMY NUTCRACKER WITH KIDS (WITH INSIDER TIPS!)

No Meltdowns Here! Make Your Nutcracker Memories a Dream. Read More  

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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.