George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals a wonderful world of confection.


Print-at-home is not offered as a ticketing option for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Entry requires a New York City Ballet ticket printed by the David H. Koch Theater. E-tickets, print-at-home tickets, and copies of tickets are not valid and will not be accepted. Read more important Nutcracker ticketing policies >

This production is appropriate for ages 5+, and all patrons, including small children sitting in laps, must have a ticket to enter the theater.

During the holiday period, the entire Company is immersed in activities surrounding George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®All 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 40 stagehands, and more than 125 children in two alternating casts from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible.

Audiences of all ages are sure to be captivated by the lure of Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets. Based on the Alexandre Dumas père version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® is one of the most complex ballets in the Company's active repertory and provides an unforgettable spark to the holiday season.



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Look for VIP Sweet Seats

With this special holiday package, each admission includes premium seating, souvenir book, a sweet treat, and for every two tickets purchased, you’ll receive a voucher good for one complimentary keepsake photo with a character from the George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Plus, Sweet Seat ticket holders save 15% when purchasing additional photos at the Nutcracker photo opportunity.
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The Nutcracker (1892)
February 2, 1954, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama
Original Cast
Maria Tallchief, Nicholas Magallanes, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Michael Arshansky, Alberta Grant, Susan Kaufman, Paul Nickel

Act I: 49 min. Act II: 41 min.
Costumes by
Karinska. Masks by Lawrence Vlady
Set by
Horace Armistead, Rouben Ter-Arutunian (1964)
Lighting by
Jean Rosenthal