Performances & Events

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker holds a special place in the hearts of both new and longtime patrons, becoming synonymous with the holiday season. Its endearing story, Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score, and iconic choreography create a memorable experience for the whole family. 

This holiday favorite tells the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a journey, battling toy soldiers and larger-than-life mice, and travel through a whirlwind of dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets. Greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, Clara enjoys a suite of brilliant and joyful dances before opening her eyes to the familiar sights of her home, wondering if it was all a dream.

This celebrated production includes an outstanding roster of professional artists plus over 100 children from Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet.

Please view our digital program here!

For principal casting in the performances:

At McCarter Theatre

At Two River Theater

At Patriots Theater

At State Theatre

The Nutcracker

Location: McCarter Theatre Center | Princeton
Location: Two River Theater | Red Bank, NJ
Location: Patriots Theater at the War Memorial | Trenton, NJ
Location: State Theatre New Jersey * | New Brunswick

*With orchestra and choir