Boston Ballet Nutcracker

It’s that time again – time for Boston’ annual Holiday tradition — Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The ballet runs November 27 to December 31.

“Year after year, this cherished production never fails to inspire audiences—whether they’re seeing it again or sharing it with loved ones for the first time,” says Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “The Nutcracker is a wonderful way for families to escape the hectic holiday season and cherish time with one another.”

Since its world premiere in 2012, Mikko Nissinen and Robert Perdziola’s re-envisioned production, set in what many know as the Jane Austen era of the early 1800s, has gained record-breaking popularity. With more than 350 handmade costumes and a series of elaborate sets featuring extensive amounts of moving scenery, the production has transformed into a uniquely magical experience for audiences of all ages.

This year’s production features all-new lighting design by award-winning Finnish lighting designer Mikki Kunttu. Kunttu has worked extensively in the area of dance and theatre, collaborating with artists such as Tero Saarinen and Jirí Kylián, and designing for several prestigious dance companies, including the Finnish National Opera Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet. In the past, Kunttu has collaborated with Boston Ballet as lighting designer for Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty (2005) and Jorma Elo’s Carmen (2006). Kunttu’s lighting design has brought him international acclaim, including the Bessie Award (2006) and the Venla Diploma of Merit (2010). Praised for his “dramatic” aesthetic, Kunttu brings a fresh, innovative perspective to this classic holiday story (Robert Greskovic, The Wall Street Journal).

The Nutcracker includes the full company of 57 dancers, 11 Boston Ballet II dancers, and 217 Boston Ballet School students. The 42-performance run will feature many never-before-seen casts, showcasing the vast talent within the Company, and providing many opportunities for dancers to shine in Soloist and Principal roles. Each performance will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee.

For a full synopsis and additional details, visit http://www.bostonballet.org/nutcracker/.

All performances of The Nutcracker will take place at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111):

Tickets start at $35. For more information, visit www.bostonballet.org or call 617-695-6955.

The Nutcracker performance length is approximately 1 hour and 57 minutes including one intermission.