Ballet Ireland, in association with EY Ireland, is back this Christmas with ‘Nutcracker Sweeties’ – an Irish twist on a classic Christmas tale.

Presenting a newly extended performance, this year’s audiences will enjoy the full magic of Nutcracker Sweeties in venues across Ireland.

Looking for the perfect date night, something different to kick off the festive season with the kids or just indulge in the magic that is live theatre? Look no further as Ballet Ireland has announced the their production of a festive Christmas classic – ‘Nutcracker Sweeties’. In partnership with EY Ireland, a cast of world class dancers will tour 14 venues throughout the island of Ireland, including opening night in The Gaiety Theatre on Wednesday 16th running until Saturday 19th November 2022.

Equipped with passion and vigour, Ballet Ireland and EY Ireland are set to transport audiences into a world of both the familiar and unfamiliar with their Irish tale of ‘Nutcracker Sweeties’, through the language of classical ballet. Set in a department store in Dublin, Ciara and her brother Fionn wander off from their parents where the magic of the Nutcracker begins. The pair are rescued by the Nutcracker Doll who comes to life transporting them to the magical Kingdom of The Sweets where the two meet the majestic Sugar Plum Fairy.

Speaking about EY Ireland’s sponsorship of the Ballet Ireland programme, Niamh O’Beirne, EY Ireland Partner and Head of Business and People Consulting, commented:

Ballet Ireland is an incredible company which provides the opportunity for men and women across the island of Ireland to share their talent. We are proud to work with them to help make their productions more accessible to audiences everywhere and we are delighted to be supporting such high calibre performers. The arts community is incredibly vibrant on the island of Ireland and we are pleased to celebrate the fantastic contribution that Ballet Ireland makes in this space.”

Speaking on Ballet Ireland’s ‘Nutcracker Sweeties’, Anne Maher, Director and Co-Founder of Ballet Ireland said:

“I am very proud of today’s announcement of both our Nutcracker Sweeties tour and that of our title sponsor, EY. It is through strong partnerships and aligning with a company that shares values that we can grow Ballet Ireland and expand the work that we are doing. EY and Ballet Ireland first partnered for Swan Lake in 2019. Our relationship has grown stronger over the years enabling us to look forward to the future with confidence and pride.

This year we are thrilled to present an extended version of Nutcracker Sweeties, providing audiences with a magical visual experience they will not forget.”

With choreography by Morgann Runacre-Temple, audiences of all ages will be enthralled by Nutcracker Sweeties’ fairy tale magic, exquisite costumes, and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score. A tale of wondrous adventure that combines to form one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.

‘Nutcracker Sweeties’ is touring from 5th November – 23rd December. See tour dates below.


Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey
Fri 5 & Sat 6 Nov, 7.45pm
Tickets: £23/£20/£16 with £3.50 for conc / children
Booking: /  028 9034 0202

Millennium Forum, Derry/Londonderry
Wed 9 Nov, 7.30pm
Tickets: £16.50, £20.00, £23.50 (includes Development Fee)
Booking: / (028)71 264455

Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Sat 12 Nov, 8pm
Tickets:  £22 and £20 [concession]
Booking:   / 03300 561 025

 Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Wed 16 – Sat 19 Nov 2022
7.30pm Nightly / 2.30pm Sat Mat
Tickets from €13*
*Additional booking fees may apply
Booking: l Gaiety Theatre Box Office l [email protected]

Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
Wed 23 Nov, 8pm
Tickets:  €27/22
Booking: /  066 712 3055

O’Reilly Theatre
National Opera House, Wexford
Sat 26 Nov, 7.30pm
€25 / €20 concession / €15 child under 16 / €70 Family Ticket
Booking: / 053 912 2144

The Civic Theatre, Tallaght
Tues 29 – Weds 30 November, 7pm
Tickets: €27, €25 & under 16’s €16
Booking: / 01 4627477

Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Fri 2 & Sat 3 Dec, 8pm
Tickets: €25 / €20 / €85 (family ticket x4)
Booking: / 061 953 400

 An Grianán Theatre
Tues 6 Dec, 8pm
Tickets: €27/€22, under 18s €15, family of four €70
Booking: / 074  91 20777

Draíocht, Blanchardstown
Fri 9 & Sat 10 Dec, 8pm
Tickets: € 27/ €25 / € 18 for under 16’s
Booking: / 01-885 2622

Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Tue 13 & Wed 14 Dec, 8pm
Tickets €25*/€22.50*
Booking: / 091 569777
*All Tickets Are Subject to THT Booking & Development Fee €1/Ticket

glór, Ennis
Fri 16 4pm, 7.30pm  & Sat 17 Dec, 7.30pm
Tickets: €25 adult, €20 concession, €18 child – Family ticket €80
Booking: / 065 6843103

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
Tue 20 Dec, 7.30pm
Tickets: €25/20  and family of 4 for €80
Booking: /  046 909 2300

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Thurs 22 & Fri 23 Dec, 7pm
Tickets:  €30 full price, €25 concession and €100 for a family of 4.
Booking: / 01 272 4030

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