The Nutcracker

Performance Details

  • When December 4–26, 2021
  • Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon
  • Music Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Running Time 2 hours

Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagined classic returns for the holidays. Follow young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on a Christmas Eve journey through the 1893 World’s Fair, a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and enchantment. This annual holiday tradition celebrates the magic of the season and the rich cultural heritage of Chicago.

Please note:  Based on city, state, and CDC guidance, all attendees eligible to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine (ages 12 and older) are  required to show proof of vaccination prior to attending a Joffrey performance and/or event through December 2021 at Lyric Opera House. Patrons are also required to wear protective face coverings at all times. 

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Casting Information

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The Joffrey’s beloved version of The Nutcracker takes inspiration from Chicago's 1893 World's Fair, one of the city’s great historical attractions of the late 19th century. Pictured: Cara Marie Gary portrays Marie at her family’s annual holiday potluck. 
The mysterious Great Impresario brings the magic of the season to life. Pictured: Joffrey Artist Temur Suluashvili. 

About the Artists

Christopher Wheeldon OBE

The Tony Award®-winning choreographer continues to create and stage productions for many of the world’s major ballet companies.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Born in 1840, Tchaikovsky is widely considered one of the most popular composers of his time.

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Commissioning Sponsors

  • Margot and Josef Lakonishok
  • Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
  • Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa
  • The many “Believers”