The Nutcracker

Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014

Capture the awe and exhilaration of the holiday season with the classic story, iconic choreography and soaring score of The Nutcracker. This Pittsburgh-inspired production laces the traditional tale with new surprises each year and keeps the magic alive by showcasing the virtuosity of more than 170 dancers. From the moonlit Snow Scene to the effervescent Land of Enchantment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls The Nutcracker "the best holiday performance in Pittsburgh.” CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Thursday, December 18, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Friday, December 19, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 20, 2014 – 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 12:00 pm & 4:30 pm

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – 2:00 pm (Sensory Friendly) & 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – 2:00 pm

Friday, December 26, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 27, 2014 – 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 28, 2014 – 12:00 pm


Act I - 57 minutes
Intermission - 20 minutes
Act II - 53 minutes 

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LEARN MORE: Get more background on The Nutcracker by clicking on its repertoire page here, or dig deeper into the history and world of the prodction by downloading the Audience Production Guide here

Tuesday, December 23, at 2 PM 

Following a successful pilot performance last year, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to again present a sensory-friendly performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Experience this iconic story in a supportive theater setting designed for patrons with sensory sensitivities, autism and other special needs. Learn more about sensory-friendly performances by clicking here

All educational events are free and open to performance patrons. 

Dec. 5, at 9:30 PM; Benedum Center
Conclude an evening at the ballet with a thought-provoking discussion led by Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and other PBT artists. 

Talks with Terry
Dec. 7, at 11 AM; Benedum Center
Observe company dancers during their onstage warm-up class, and hear the Artistic Director’s perspective on the ballet, artists and production.  

*Family Pointe: “Clown Around on The Nutcracker Carousel”
Dec. 13, at 1 PM; Benedum Center
Connect with your inner child through an entertaining pre-performance discussion and demonstration.

Audio-Described Performance & Sensory Seminar 
Dec. 14, at 4:30 PM
Join us for a Sensory Seminar at 3 PM, then listen to a live narration of the ballet. (Headsets available at the Guest Services Center with photo ID.) For more information about PBT's accessibility services, please call 412-454-9105 or visit PBT's accessibility services page

 *RSVPs suggested. Please email or call 412-454-9109.