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28 November 2014– 17 December 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: The Australian Ballet

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The enchantingly sweet traditional ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s most charming score


On Christmas night … the magic begins

Clara, a young ballet student, is celebrating with her family at a Christmas Eve party. The magician, Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll – and when the clock strikes twelve, dreams and magic are unleashed, the doll becomes a prince and Clara is whisked away to fantastical lands.

Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker is considered the world’s most beautiful, and coupled with Tchaikovsky's beloved score, it truly is a magical experience for the whole family. All the delights of a traditional Nutcracker – the Christmas tree that grows to towering heights, the flying goose, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rats, the sweets – are gloriously present, with some extra treats like a Rose Fairy and Jack-in-the-Box thrown in.

John Macfarlane’s ravishing design moves from a richly crimson Edwardian home to the sparkling Land of Snow to the vivid Land of Sweets in a series of breathtaking transformations that will have you oohing-and-ahhing along with the kids, and reliving the magic all the way home.

“It really is the perfect ballet” Sunday Herald Sun

"The role of Clara might have been created for Benedict Bemet, who offers a winsome interpretation of our young heroine" The Age

"The female corps was in fantastically disciplined form, and the male ensemble work was strong and well-synchronised" The Australian

Full-length story ballet

Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon
Guest Repetiteur Desmond Kelly
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume and set design John Macfarlane
Original Lighting Design David Finn

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Did you know …
From start to finish it takes approximately 53 hours to set up The Nutcracker in the theatre, due to the amount of solid scenery and the involved scene changes.

Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Standard $36 - $224
Pensioner $36 - $189
*Senior $36 - $206
*Youth 26 years and under $36 - $183
*Australian Full-Time student $36 - $183
**Children 17 years and under $36 - $154
^Groups 10+ (A-C Reserve only) $74 - $185
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

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Pricing Information Explained

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*Mon-Thu performances only.  Excludes opening nights.
**Excludes opening nights.

Ticket Booking Enquiries: For all general booking enquiries please email the Contact Centre or call on +61 2 9250 7777 for more information.

 ^Groups Bookings: Please email the Group Booking team or call on +61 2 9250 7700 for more information. A-C Reserve only.

Insider Prices: Insiders are Sydney Opera House members. Insiders get waived booking fees, up to 20% off Sydney Opera House Presents shows and more. More Info

Performance Dates

Friday 28 November 7.30pm
Saturday 29 November 1.30pm
Saturday 29 November 7.30pm
Monday 01 December 7.30pm
Tuesday 02 December 7.30pm
Wednesday 03 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 03 December 7.30pm
Thursday 04 December 7.30pm
Friday 05 December 7.30pm
Saturday 06 December 1.30pm
Saturday 06 December 7.30pm
Monday 08 December 6.30pm
Tuesday 09 December 7.30pm
Wednesday 10 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 December 7.30pm
Thursday 11 December 7.30pm
Friday 12 December 7.30pm
Saturday 13 December 1.30pm
Saturday 13 December 7.30pm
Monday 15 December 7.30pm
Tuesday 16 December 1.30pm
Tuesday 16 December 7.30pm
Wednesday 17 December 7.30pm


  1. Fri 28 Nov 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  2. Sat 29 Nov 14 1:30pm - Limited Availability
  3. Sat 29 Nov 14 7:30pm - Allocation Exhausted


  1. Mon 01 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  2. Tue 02 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  3. Wed 03 Dec 14 1:30pm - Limited Availability
  4. Wed 03 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  5. Thu 04 Dec 14 7:30pm - Allocation Exhausted
  6. Fri 05 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  7. Sat 06 Dec 14 1:30pm - Limited Availability
  8. Sat 06 Dec 14 7:30pm - Allocation Exhausted
  9. Mon 08 Dec 14 6:30pm - Limited Availability
  10. Tue 09 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  11. Wed 10 Dec 14 1:30pm - Limited Availability
  12. Wed 10 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  13. Thu 11 Dec 14 7:30pm - Allocation Exhausted
  14. Fri 12 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  15. Sat 13 Dec 14 1:30pm - Allocation Exhausted
  16. Sat 13 Dec 14 7:30pm - Limited Availability
  17. Mon 15 Dec 14 7:30pm - Allocation Exhausted
  18. Tue 16 Dec 14 1:30pm - Limited Availability
  19. Tue 16 Dec 14 7:30pm - Allocation Exhausted
  20. Wed 17 Dec 14 7:30pm - Allocation Exhausted
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