San Francisco Ballet presents Nutcracker
Step into the reverie of little Clara in this unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of more than 150 dancers. Battle the King of Mice and of course, dance through the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Share unforgettable moments and everlasting memories with friends and family during this incredibly special holiday celebration.
- Nutcracker features 73 Company dancers and 91 SF Ballet School students in 173 breathtaking costumes, the largest production in SF Ballet's 90-year history
- Set in San Francisco's post-1906 earthquake era, the opening scene features the Painted Ladies
- SF Ballet staged the first American production of Nutcracker in 1944, and 49 live orchestra members continue to perform Tchaikovsky's score
- More "Nutcracker by The Numbers"
Nutcracker runs two hours with one intermission, and is most magical for children 5 and older. To maintain an enjoyable experience for all patrons, children should stay in their own seats, and remain quiet during the performance. Children under age 3, lap-sitting, and standing are not allowed.
December 8–27, 2022
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission
Know Your Nutcracker
Explore the world of San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker with our digital library of stories, stats, and facts about America's first full-length production.
Scenic Design: Michael Yeargan
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Projection Design: Wendall K. Harrington
The 2004 premiere of Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker was made possible by Lead Sponsors The Herbert Family and The Swanson Foundation, and Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Kathleen Scutchfield, and The Smelick Family.