The Nutcracker
A Christmas Favourite

This glorious ballet can be seen in 22 theatres nationwide
31 October - 23 December 2018

The Nutcracker (2018)

Following our sold-out season at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, Ballet Ireland is delighted to tour The Nutcracker, one of the world’s favourite ballets, to audiences nationwide this autumn.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen… The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights and Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world.  With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.

This Irish production of the festive classic, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, appeals to audiences of all ages with its fairy-tale magic, beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score. A tale of wondrous adventure that combines to form one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!

“Luscious, luxurious and a sheer delight, The Nutcracker is a perfect Christmas treat”

★★★★ 4 Stars & ‘Show of the Week’.
“Rich in colour, artistry and grace…” Michael Moffatt, Irish Mail on Sunday


Dates: Wednesday 31st October until Sunday 23rd December 2018


Sets: Elizabeth Parsons & Andrew Clancy
Costumes: Werner Dittrich
Lighting: Eamon Fox
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tour Dates 2018

Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey Wed 31 Oct & Thurs 1 Nov

Millennium Forum Theatre, Derry Fri 2 Nov

Market Place Theatre, Armagh Sat 3 Nov

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny Tue 6 Nov

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny Fri 9 Nov

Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown Sat 10 Nov

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Wed 14 – Sat 17 Nov

Town Hall Theatre, Galway Mon 19 & Tue 20 Nov

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo Thur 22 Nov

Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen Fri 23 Nov

Backstage Theatre, Longford Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov

Draíocht, Blanchardstown Tues 27 & Wed 28 Nov

National Opera House, Wexford Fri 30 Nov

Source Arts Centre, Thurles Sat 1 Dec

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise Tue 4 & Wed 5 Dec

Civic Theatre, Tallaght Thu 6 – Sat 8 Dec

glór, Ennis Tue 11 & Wed 12 Dec

Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
 Fri 14 & Sat 15 Dec

Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Sun 16 Dec

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Wed 19 & Thu 20 Dec

Visual Theatre, Carlow Fri 21 Dec

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Sat 22 & Sun 23 Dec

Nutcracker 2018 trailer

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