A HOLIDAY CLASSIC FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

THE NUTCRACKER | December 14-23, 2018
San Diego Civic Theatre

FEATURING THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY AT ALL FULL-LENGTH PERFORMANCES.

California Ballet's glittering production of The Nutcracker leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in America's favorite holiday tradition. Under the baton of Music Director John Stubbs, Tchaikovsky's extravagant score comes to life with a cast of over 150 dancers. Founding director, Maxine Mahon’s original production has been charming audiences for over 50 years. Catch the final full holiday season for this production.

Coming December 2019, California Ballet is thrilled to announce the premiere of their newly imagined, fully staged and orchestrated, THE NUTCRACKER. Brought to life by Artistic Director Jared Nelson’s stunning choreography, featuring all new sets and costumes for a cast of all ages, this production will be an instant classic. Re-experience the magic like never before. Learn more

Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including one intermission.

TICKETS: $25 - $95

Children 12 & under receive up to a 20% discount. Must be at least 4 years old to attend. For attending with younger children please learn more about our Toddler Friendly performances below.

Group discount tickets: Learn more →

Scout Troop discounted tickets: Learn more →

Accessibility is a priority. Wheelchair and handicap services are available. Learn more here.

✆ CBC TICKET OFFICE: (858) 560-6741

RED CARPET PHOTO OP on the Plaza:
Starting one hour prior to all performance times. View 2018 Images

MEET THE CAST after the show:
Meet Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Sugarplum Fairy, and more in the Grande Salon following all full-length matinee and early evening performances.

 

TODDLER FRIENDLY NUTCRACKER

Two very special performances for families with very young children. Toddlers under 4 are welcome! At just the right length, this one hour show is perfect for introducing the joy of dance to children of all ages.

Run time: 60 Minutes, no intermission. Prerecorded music.

Tickets: $26.25 - $50

Children under 12 months of age may attend with a $5 lap tickets, available at the theater the day of the performance.

Tickets available online or through the California Ballet Ticketing Office.

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MILITARY NIGHT AT THE NUTCRACKER

California Ballet Company's Military Night at The Nutcracker brings military members and their family to the San Diego Civic Theatre for a special presentation (including guest military cast members!) of the holiday classic. Learn more

 

CHOREOGRAPHY
Maxine Mahon

MUSIC
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
conducted by John Stubbs
Music Director & Principal Conductor
and Dana Zimbric, Associate Conductor
with
SACRA/PROFANA — Snow Scene Vocalists

SCENIC & LIGHTING DESIGN
Catherine Hand - Scenery
Eric Keel - Lighting

COSTUME
Catherine Hand & Maxine Mahon

VENUE
THE CIVIC THEATRE
San Diego, California

WORLD PREMIERE
December 1971
Russ Auditorium, San Diego CA


SEASON SPONSORS
SD COMMISSSION For Arts & Culture
CALIFORNIA Arts Council
COUNTY of SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO THEATERS
THE HERMANN Foundation
THE PARKER Foundation
RSVP Publications

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE SPONSORS
The U.S. GRANT Hotel
NORDSON Corporation Foundation
SAN DIEGO THEATRES, Inc.
UC SAN DIEGO Health
EMILIO NARES Foundation
BITE SIZED Bakery & Cafe
PAARTS WELLNESS Studio
The CALIFORNIA BALLET Board of Trustees

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Maxine Mahon's THE NUTCRACKER - Images: Brad Matthews

 
...[California Ballet] knows how to do a splendid Nutcracker.
— J. Steiberg | Union Tribune