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.
Updated 1/3/2022: Per San Francisco city guidelines, beginning February 1, 2022, for those eligible, San Francisco Ballet will require proof of a COVID-19 booster –received at least one week prior to the performance they are attending—for entrance into the venue. This expands upon the Company's current requirement that all patrons ages 12 and up present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and audience members under the age of 12 to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time or antigen [rapid] test within 24 hours of the performance start time).
Patrons will also be required to show a photo ID alongside proof of vaccination and booster shot to enter. Patrons can show either paper or electronic documentation (including a photo of the card).
If your child under the age of 12 does not meet the two-week or greater completion requirement to qualify as being fully vaccinated, they must show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within one day for antigen or two days for PCR tests prior to entry into the War Memorial Opera House or 455 Franklin Street. Fully vaccinated children under 12 may present proof of full vaccination and if eligible booster shot in lieu of a negative test result.
Masks are required for everyone at all times, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the War Memorial Opera House. Masks with valves, gaiters, and scarves used as a mask are not permitted. At this time, drinks are not permitted inside the auditorium to ensure masks are worn throughout the performance.
*Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to two weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and for those eligible for a booster shot, one week after the booster shot was administered.
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 and as an organization, we are planning accordingly to ensure the safety of audiences, artists, and staff.
December 10–30, 2021
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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.