George Balanchine's

The Nutcracker®

December 10-31, 2021
Academy of Music
The Treasured Tradition Returns

Tickets start at $25.00

The wait is over:  Balanchine’s beloved holiday classic returns! Gather the family together this holiday season to share in the magic, the charm, the spectacle, and the joy of The Nutcracker* ballet. Opening night tickets are just $10, while all other performances start at $25!

Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score—full of cherished holiday tunes—this extraordinary ballet celebrates the season through a timeless story of youth, romance, magical battles, and boundless beauty.

Follow young Marie on her fantastical adventures with parties and princes, Sugar Plum Fairies and snowflake waltzes, in a thrilling performance featuring stunning scenery, elaborate costuming, dazzling dancing, and a sensational score.  Whether this is your family’s first or fiftieth time with The Nutcracker, this remarkable production is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart.

Nutcracker Cast

ACT I – 50 mins
Intermission – 20 mins
ACT II – 46 mins
Estimated Running Time – 1 hour 56 mins

We are eager to welcome you safely back to live performances and are committed to bringing the highest level of talent to our stages while keeping our audiences, dancers, musicians, students, production crew, and staff safe. Learn more about our COVID policy.

Performances By Date

Dec 10-31, 2021

** Sensory Friendly Performance
* The Nutcracker is an add-on to subscriptions.

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George Balanchine

George Balanchine

It is difficult to overstate the depth and breadth of the artistry and influence of choreographer, George Balanchine. Called the ‘Father of American Ballet,’ he combined a reverence for the classical training he received as a boy in St. Petersburg with ferocious originality and commitment to modernism. He and his many brilliant collaborators, including Sergei Diaghilev, Igor Stravinsky, Georges Rouault, and Karinska, among many, many others, transformed ballet into a 20th century artform. Balanchine’s influence as a teacher is every bit as paradigm-changing as the repertoire he created. When our own founder, Barbara Weisberger (herself a protégée of Balanchine) conceived of Philadelphia Ballet, Balanchine insisted, “But first, a school.”


Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky constitutes one of the pillars of the orchestral repertoire and the very foundation of classical ballet.  Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable melodies, inventive harmonies, and ground-breaking orchestrations make his music both loveable and eternal.  Ballet audiences are fortunate to hear not only the works he intended for dance, such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, but also a wide variety of orchestral pieces that have been choreographed by great dance-makers, such as George Balanchine.


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