The Nutcracker

Dec 4 - Dec 27, 2015
Pittsburgh's Favorite Holiday Tradition

Holiday magic envelopes the stage in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's classic The Nutcracker.  Set to Tchaikovsky's sublime score, a dreamlike journey unfolds through a moonlit snow scape to a whimsical Land of Enchantment. More than 100 dancers bring to life iconic choreography from the wondrous waltz of the snowflakes to the pristine Sugar Plum Fairy pas de deux. Interwoven with Pittsburgh vistas and charm, PBT’s The Nutcracker brings the story home for a holiday tradition that the Post-Gazette calls “the most lavish of all in Pittsburgh.”

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Friday, 12/4/2015 -  11am Student Matinee & 7PM
Saturday, 12/5/2015 -  2PM & 7PM
Sunday, 12/6/2015 - 12PM & 4:30PM

Thursday, 12/10/2015 -  7PM
Friday, 12/11/2015 - 7PM
Saturday, 12/12/2015 - 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, 12/13/2015 - 12PM & 4:30PM

Thursday, 12/17/2015 - 7PM
Friday, 12/18/2015 - 7PM
Saturday, 12/19/2015 - 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, 12/20/2015 - 12PM & 4:30PM

Tuesday, 12/22/2015 - 7PM
Wednesday, 12/23/2015 - 7PM
Thursday, 12/24/2015 - 2PM
Saturday, 12/26/2015 - 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, 12/27/2015 - 12PM


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

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

All educational events are free and open to performance patrons. 

Friday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 p.m.; 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
Sunday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m.; 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
Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m.; Benedum Center
Connect with your inner child through an entertaining pre-performance discussion and demonstration.

Audio-Described Performance & Sensory Seminar 
Sunday, Dec. 13, at 12 p.m.
Sign out a headset to listen to a live narration of the ballet (designed for visually impaired patrons). For more information about PBT's accessibility services, please call 412-454-9109 or visit PBT's accessibility services page

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