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San Francisco Ballet - The Nutcracker

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December 8 - 27, 2022

The opulent new version of the seasonal classic, launched spectacularly by the San Francisco Ballet, is every parent's dream of a holiday treat.

San Francisco Chronicle, 2014

Why See San Francisco Ballet - The Nutcracker?

Holiday & Christmas ShowsBalletFamily ShowsDance & BalletThe Nutcracker

The SF holiday tradition!

San Francisco Ballet's sparkling production of Nutcracker has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet's international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944. Accompanied by a sensational live orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's timeless score.


The scene opens in a quaint toy maker's shop; Drosselmeyer is putting the finishing touches to a beautiful nutcracker toy before heading out to the Stahbaum's party, laden with his gifts. At the party, young Clara and Fritz are taking part in the tree-trimming ceremony for the very first time; they are surrounded by friends and family celebrating the festive season; when Drosselmeyer arrives, he produces fabulous wooden dolls that spring to life, and gives the nutcracker doll to Clara; alas, Fritz grabs hold of it first and breaks it by accident. Drosselmeyer comforts the distraught girl and fixes the toy's jaw with his hankie.

After the party, Clara is tired, and falls into a deep sleep, her nutcracker beside her. Awakening suddenly, she notices the room around her has changed dramatically. The Christmas tree towers over her, as does the furniture, and she is ambushed by life-sized mice brandishing swords! But a whistle by a familiar looking character summons a host of toy soldiers, and leads the charge against the rascally rodents. Clara helps by throwing her shoe, and the toy soldiers prevail. The handsome stranger turns to Clara; it is her beloved Nutcracker, come to life!

The two journey on a beautiful sled to a forest with dancing snowflakes, who point them to the enchanted Crystal Palace, where the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns benevolently over her candy courtiers. As a reward for their efforts against the mouse army, she decrees that a special dance be put on for her special guests that include vignettes by whirling Chinese tea, French mirlitons, Russian vodka, Arabic coffee and Spanish hot chocolate and of course, the famous pas-de-deux by the Fairy and her Chevalier.

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Opening night: 8 December 2022


Suitable for ages 5+ (Parents with toddlers and babies are kindly requested not to bring them to the performances)

Run time

Approx two hours with one intermission


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Composer: Peter Ulyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

What you thought

6 reviews, average rating: (1.7 Stars)

1.5 star rating

Tatyana : “Poor dancing ”

Watched The Nutcracker by SF ballet on 12/17/2021. I think the costumes... more

John Ungar: “Have a spare holiday”

SF Ballet has managed to take much of the charm out of their Nutcracker.... more

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