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Experience the magic of The Washington Ballet’s charmingly DC The Nutcracker!

Set in the heart of DC, this reimagined ballet features a George Washington Nutcracker who leads a heroic battle against the notorious Rat King. Amidst the charming streets of Georgetown and cherry blossom trees, stunning dance performances and nods to DC’s rich history make this an unforgettable experience for all ages.

The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker will transport audiences into a winter wonderland that has become a lasting holiday tradition not to be missed.

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Let The Washington Ballet transform your group experience with one of our world-class performances. The Washington Ballet has been celebrated for its artistic excellence for 40 years. With a minimum of 10 people, and ticket prices as low as $41, our Group Ticket Discounts can be tailored to fit any budget.

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Saturday Matinee Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $150
Level 2 – $140
Level 3 – $130
Level 4 – $100
Level 5 – $75

Saturday Evening Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $140
Level 2 – $120
Level 3 – $100
Level 4 – $70
Level 5 – $48

Sunday Matinee Price Per Seat
(Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $150
Level 2 – $140
Level 3 – $130
Level 4 – $100
Level 5 – $75

Sunday Evening Price Per Seat
(Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $135
Level 2 – $115
Level 3 – $90
Level 4 – $65
Level 5 – $48

Tuesday Price Per Seat
(Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $135
Level 2 – $115
Level 3 – $90
Level 4 – $65
Level 5 – $48

Wednesday Price Per Seat
(Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $135
Level 2 – $115
Level 3 – $90
Level 4 – $65
Level 5 – $48

Thursday Price Per Seat
(Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $140
Level 2 – $120
Level 3 – $100
Level 4 – $70
Level 5 – $48

Friday Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount):
Level 1 – $150
Level 2 – $140
Level 3 – $130
Level 4 – $100
Level 5 – $75

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Military Appreciation Night
Thursday, December 7

The Washington Ballet brings the magic of The Nutcracker to service men and women and their families for Military Appreciation Night.

Family Day
Sunday, December 10

The Nutcracker Family Day is an interactive experience where children of all ages can participate in activities and festivities prior to the matinee performance. Get a take-home craft, take a photo with dancers, and more. Family Day activities are included in the ticket price. Family Day events begin at 11:30am before the 1pm matinee performance.


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  • Parties of 10-15 will receive a 10% discount.
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  • Parties of 20 will receive a 20% discount.

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The Nutcracker Group Sales Request

Let The Washington Ballet transform your group experience with one of our world-class performances. The Washington Ballet has been celebrated for its artistic excellence for 40 years. With a minimum of 10 people, and ticket prices as low as $41, our Group Ticket Discounts can be tailored to fit any budget.

Name
Saturday Matinee Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $150 Level 2 – $140 Level 3 – $130 Level 4 – $100 Level 5 – $75 Saturday Evening Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $140 Level 2 – $120 Level 3 – $100 Level 4 – $70 Level 5 – $48
Sunday Matinee Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $150 Level 2 – $140 Level 3 – $130 Level 4 – $100 Level 5 – $75 Sunday Evening Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $135 Level 2 – $115 Level 3 – $90 Level 4 – $65 Level 5 – $48
Tuesday Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $135 Level 2 – $115 Level 3 – $90 Level 4 – $65 Level 5 – $48
Wednesday Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $135 Level 2 – $115 Level 3 – $90 Level 4 – $65 Level 5 – $48
Thursday Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $140 Level 2 – $120 Level 3 – $100 Level 4 – $70 Level 5 – $48
Friday Price Per Seat (Before Group Discount): Level 1 – $150 Level 2 – $140 Level 3 – $130 Level 4 – $100 Level 5 – $75
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The Nutcracker Synopsis

It’s Christmas Eve in 1882 in a Georgetown mansion. Clara and her family prepare for a holiday celebration. As the guests arrive, Clara’s mysterious godfather, Mr. Drosselmeyer, enters with his handsome young nephew, who greets Clara with a kiss on her hand. Drosselmeyer entertains the guests with a puppet show and dancing dolls and presents Clara with a special gift—a nutcracker.

Jealous of his sister’s present, Fritz seizes the nutcracker and breaks it. As the party ends, Clara sadly places the nutcracker under the Christmas tree. Later that night, after everyone has gone to bed, Clara tiptoes downstairs to retrieve her nutcracker. Suddenly, the room fills with scurrying mice. Eventually, Clara falls asleep and begins to dream. When the clock strikes midnight, Drosselmeyer’s magic begins. The Christmas tree grows and a battle ensues between a brigade of toy soldiers led by a life-sized nutcracker against the Rat King and his menacing rats. As the Rat King nears victory, Clara distracts him, enabling the nutcracker to kill him. Suddenly, the nutcracker is turned into a handsome prince. He leads Clara through the enchanted winter to a glorious springtime.

Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel to Springtime, where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. They are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, her Cavalier and her attendants: butterflies, mushrooms and other woodland creatures. When the Prince tells them how Clara saved his life, the Sugar Plum Fairy summons her subjects to entertain them with wonderful dances—Spanish and Chinese dances, a duet for an Anacostian brave and maiden. Brilliant red cardinals frolic with a Tom Cat; an American frontiersman dances with frontier girls; Mother Barnum dances with her circus clowns; and the waltz of the Cherry Blossoms is led by the Dew Drop Fairy. The celebration comes to a spectacular climax when the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a grand pas de deux. Just before the curtain falls, we see Clara asleep with her nutcracker, marking an end to her magical journey.

History of TWB's The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker was originally based on the story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse, written by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann. Years later, Alexander Dumas rewrote the story, making it happier and more fun for kids to read. In 1891 Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write the music for a new ballet based on the stories by the St. Petersburg Opera, but he was initially unhappy with the setting of a children’s Christmas party.

The legendary choreographer Marius Petipa presented Tchaikovsky with an exact scenario, including rhythm, tempo and number of measures for each dance. Petipa later became ill and the choreography was completed by his assistant, Lev Ivanov.

The Nutcracker debuted on December 17, 1892 in the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, which is still the home of the Kirov Ballet today. The original cast included ballet students, just as The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet does today. The Nutcracker was not performed outside of Russia until 1934, when Nicholas Sergeyev staged it at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in England.

The Nutcracker was first mounted by The Washington Ballet in 1961. The production by TWSB and TWB founder Mary Day was performed in Constitution Hall and, beginning in 1992, at The Warner Theatre.  In 2004, the Company premiered a new all-American version of The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Septime Webre, designed just for Washington, DC.

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