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28 November 2014– 17 December 2014

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

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

In light of the situation in the Sydney CBD today, tonight's performance of 'The Nutcracker' (Mon 15 Dec 2014 7:30pm) has been cancelled, in order to minimise pressure on transport networks. Ticket bookings made directly with Sydney Opera House will be automatically refunded in full to the credit card account used to make the original purchase, and credits should reach accounts within seven business days. The Australian Ballet will be in contact with subscribers and customers who have made bookings directly through their office. Please contact us on +61 2 9250 7777 or via with any queries.


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.  Children aged 15 and under must be accompanied at all times

Limited Listening Seats Available - $39. Book early to avoid disappointment – phone (02) 9250 7777.
A limited number of restricted-view seats are available to purchase via the Sydney Opera House contact centre or at the Box Office counter. These seats have a limited view of the stage, but on a sell-out show offer a great opportunity to enjoy the classic Tchaikovsky score live at a reduced price.

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

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

For events which offer concession pricing, if you purchase concession tickets, please ensure you have your Proof of Concession with you when you attend an event.

Children aged 15 and under must be accompanied at all times
*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

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