Nutcracker Sweeties 2021

AUTUMN 2021 & AUTUMN 2022


Nutcracker Sweeties

“This is a treat of a show, full of Christmas cheer. The department store here becomes a sacred space of transformation, an enclosed world dedicated entirely to dance, where cares and troubles are chased away like the rats in Act 1.”

The Independent

During Christmas season 2021 & 2022, the curtain rose on Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker Sweeties, a new production of one of the world’s favourite ballets.

This production is set in a department store in Dublin where Ciara and her brother Fionn go on a shopping trip with their parents. They wander off from their parents and the magic of Nutcracker and Christmas begins…  The two are rescued by the Nutcracker doll who comes to life before Ciara shakes a snow globe creating a glorious blizzard of snowflakes. The Sugar Plum Fairy greets them leading Ciara into the kingdom of the sweets where the beautiful Christmas windows come to life.

Choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, this exciting Irish presentation of the festive classic, performed by a cast of world-class dancers, appeals to audiences of all ages with its fairy-tale magic, beautiful costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score. A tale of wondrous adventure that combines to form one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.



Morgann Runacre-Temple

Morgann Runacre-Temple


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Set & Costumes: Jack Scullion
Lighting: Eoin Lennon
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Additional Music & Sound Design: Tom Lane
DramaturgySam Brown

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