The Nutcracker 2018

A winter wonderland awaits at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! It’s Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. Journey to a Land of Enchantment filled with swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and exciting dances set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. Five lavish scenes, dozens of dancers and over 150 costumes make The Nutcracker one of Pittsburgh’s most cherished holiday traditions. Tickets for The Nutcracker start at just $28. 

Choreography & Concept: Terrence S. Orr
Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky

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Performance Times

Friday, November 30, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 – 12 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 7, 2018 – 11 a.m. Student Matinee
Friday, December 7, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 12 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 14, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 12 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Friday, December 21, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 – 12 p.m.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 27, 2018 – 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly Performance
Thursday, December 27, 2018 – 7 p.m.

Theater Programs

Sun., Dec. 2, 11 a.m: Talks with Terry

Start your afternoon at the ballet with this exclusive opportunity to watch a few minutes of the company’s warm-up class on stage; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr joins the audience for a preview and a Q & A with the audience. In the theater; no reservations necessary.

Sat., Dec. 8 at 1 p.m: Family Pointe

Family Pointe on Dec. 8 is now full! Please join us for another educational program in the future! 

Sat., Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m: Ballet Adventures

Kids can try a fun, introductory ballet class before the show! Warm up, learn basic ballet steps, and try out some Nutcracker choreography. For boys and girls, ages 5 – 13; no dance experience required. Enter at the Benedum stage door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222. Cost: $18 plus performance ticket. 

Register for Ballet Adventures!

Sat., Dec. 15 at 1 p.m: Family Pointe

Come learn about The Nutcracker before the performance! We’ll hear the story and watch the Toy Soldiers rehearse their part in the battle scene. And get ready to dance with us and try out some steps from the ballet! For all ages. Enter at the Benedum stage door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222. Reservations requested.  

Regsiter here! 12/15/18

With the exception of Ballet Adventures, programs are free and open to ticket holders. For more information contact

More Info

Learn more about The Nutcracker!

The Nutcracker Audience Guide – Synopsis, background information, a look at the costumes and choreography, and more!

Especially for Kids

Children’s Guide to The Nutcracker – with a kid-friendly synopsis and activities

Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Coloring Page

The Nutcracker Coloring Page

A Nutcracker Word Search


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