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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Tickets

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    Savor one of George Balanchine’s finest ballets, as he choreographs to The Nutcracker, composed by Tchaikovsky. Featuring a massive cast and numerous technical advancements, the show promises to create an unforgettable ballet experience!

    Why Watch George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

    George Balanchine was one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century and has often been called the father of American ballet. He was a co-founder of the New York City Ballet and served as its Artistic Director for over 35 years. A choreographer known for his musicality, Balanchine collaborated with numerous leading musicians of his generation to express music and dance as a single and interdependent art form. A confluence of Tchaikovsky’s luring music, George Balanchine’s dazzling choreography, and Barbara Karinska’s costume design, The Nutcracker is a masterpiece work of music and dance. The various stage and lighting elements provide grand visual experiences that are unlike any other.

    The Story

    Marie Stahlbaum receives a handsome wooden Nutcracker from her godfather, Here Drosselmeier, on a snowy Christmas evening. She ends up falling asleep on the sofa along with the Nutcracker. Sensing something wrong, she sits up and sees massive mice run into the room. The Christmas tree grows larger and larger, and everything except for her brother's toy soldiers and the Nutcracker, all as big as Marie now, disappears. The Nutcracker, who transforms into a handsome price, slays the Mouse King and his minions, along with his army. He presents Marie with the crown of the Mouse King. They soon find themselves in a beautiful forest and enter the Kingdom of the Sugarplum Fairy. What will Marie and the prince find here? Will she return to her home and family?

    Good For

    Lovers of Ballet | Fans of The Nutcrackers | Tchaikovsky Fans

    Cancellation policy

    These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

    Ratings & Reviews

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    Show Details

    Opening: 29 Nov, 2019
    End: 5 Jan, 2020

    Show Timings
    Please check the calendar for available dates and timings.

    Duration
    Approximately 2 hrs

    Cast
    90 dancers, 62 musicians, 40 stagehands, and more than 125 children

    Composed By
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Choreographed By
    George Balanchine

    Set Designer
    Rouben Ter-Aruntunian

    Additional Information

    Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance

    Audience
    Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater

    Availability
    Wheelchair Accessible
    In-House Bar
    Coat Check

    Seating
    The David H. Koch Theatre has a seating capacity of 2586

    Outside Food
    Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District

    Dress Code
    Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

    Please display your mobile voucher at the venue along with a valid photo ID to gain entry.

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