The Nutcracker Ballet for Boston Area Kids and Families
The Nutcracker Ballet - it just may be the most classic of holiday traditions. And while the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is the most traditional of them all, Boston families have numerous options to choose from, from traditional performances to modern interpretations, from full-length, lavish productions to less traditional versions. They all promise to bring that Nutcracker charm that will keep adults wide-eyed, too.
Below we have a list of 2013 Boston-area performances of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic by company, coming to multiple stages in the coming weeks. And for more holiday entertainment, be sure to see our roundup of performances of another holiday favorite - A Christmas Carol.
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker - Boston
Opens November 29
Cost: $45 & up
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a traditional holiday event for the whole family! Join Clara on her magical journey through an enchanted winter wonderland to a palace of sugary confections.
Jose Mateo’s Nutcracker - Duxbury, Cambridge and Boston
José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents the classic holiday tale at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center beginning November 29, the Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge beginning December 5 and the Strand Theater in Boston beginning December 20.
Ballet Arts Worcester’s The Nutcracker - Worcester
November 29-December 1
Jump start the holiday season with the Nutcracker presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Share the magic and beauty of this beloved Worcester production with your favorite loved ones.
MetroWest Ballet’s The Nutcracker - Sudbury
MetroWest Ballet students perform the classic tale.
Urban Nutcracker - Boston
Opens December 6
Cost: $25 & up
The classic Tchaikovsky with an inner-city edge, the Urban Nutcracker features the professional BalletRox company and more than 100 local children.
Dance Prism’s Nutcracker - Sudbury, Littleton, Worcester, Andover
Cost: Adults $24; Children $18
Dance Prism’s annual production of Nutcracker includes a cast of professional dancers and ballet students based throughout the northeast region and eastern seaboard. Performances are in Sudbury 12/8; Littleton 12/14; Worcester 12/15; and Andover 12/21 and 12/22
Northeast Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker - Andover
December 13 - December 15
The company of young dancers perform a classic version of the Nutcracker.
Commonwealth Ballet’s Nutcracker - Acton, Weston
Cost: $25 & up
Accompanied by Tchaikovsky's memorable score and some special guest stars, the dancers of Commonwealth Ballet and over 80 local performers offer a magical show. Performances are in Acton 11/29-11/30 and Weston 12/20-12/22.
Boston Dance Company’s Nutcracker - Andover, Dorchester
International Ballet Academy of Norwell’s The Nutcracker - Weymouth, Burlington