The Nutcracker

Dec 2 - Dec 27, 2016
Pittsburgh's Favorite Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker is “nothing short of magical” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Propelled by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this soaring story captures the awe and expectation of the night before Christmas when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. As the colossal tree shoots skyward and snowflakes blanket the stage, the journey glides into a radiant Land of Enchantment brimming with virtuosic dances from faraway lands. Set in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, this holiday tradition resounds with more than 150 dancers, radiant scenery, astounding magic tricks and newsurprises each season.

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Friday, December 02, 201611:00 AMStudent Matinee
Friday, December 02, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 03, 20162:00 PM
Saturday, December 03, 20167:00 PM
Sunday, December 04, 201612:00 PM
Sunday, December 04, 20164:30 PM

Friday, December 09, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 20162:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 20167:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 201612:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 20164:30 PM

Thursday, December 15, 20167:00 PM
Friday, December 16, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 20162:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 20167:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 201612:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 20164:30 PM

Tuesday, December 20, 20167:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 20167:00 PM
Thursday, December 22, 20167:00 PM
Friday, December 23, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 24, 201611:00 AM
Saturday, December 24, 20163:30 PM

Monday, December 26, 20167:00 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 20162:00 PMSensory Friendly
Tuesday, December 27, 20167:00 PM


Act I - 57 minutes
Intermission - 20 minutes
Act II - 53 minutes 

LEARN MORE: Get more background on The Nutcracker by clicking on the repertoire page here, or dig deeper into the history of the production by downloading the Audience Production Guide here

All educational events are free and open to performance patrons. 

Friday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 p.m.; Benedum Center
Conclude an evening at the ballet with a thought-provoking discussion led by Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and other PBT artists. 

Talks with Terry
Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m.; Benedum Center
Observe company dancers during their onstage warm-up class, and hear the Artistic Director’s perspective on the ballet, artists and production.  

*Family Pointe
Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m.; Benedum Center
Connect with your inner child through an entertaining pre-performance discussion and demonstration.

Audio-Described Performance
Sunday, Dec. 11, at 12 p.m. AND Sunday, Dec. 18, at 12 p.m. 
Sign out a headset to listen to a live narration of the ballet (designed for visually impaired patrons). For more information about PBT's accessibility services, please call 412-454-9109 or visit PBT's accessibility services page

 *RSVPs suggested. Please email or call 412-454-9109.