No holiday season is complete without the festive cheer of The Nutcracker, and this year’s characters will pirouette, leap, and soar like you’ve never imagined. Join Ballet West for the grand unveiling of fantastical new sets, costumes, and special effects, framing Willam Christensen’s historic and renowned choreography and Tchaikovsky’s famous score. Bring your friends and family and rediscover why this is the longest-running full-length production in America.


Adam Sklute

“We, as Utahns, should be very proud to have the first and longest running American production of The Nutcracker. I am honored to bring you all new sets and costumes for Mr. C’s wonderful ballet. My goal is to create new fascination for his evergreen classic while maintaining the integrity of his choreography and Tchaikovsky’s great score.”
—Adam Sklute  


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December 2 Matinee 2pm
December 2 Evening 7pm
December 7 Evening 7pm
December 8 Evening 7pm
December 9 Matinee 2pm
December 9 Evening 7pm
December 10 Matinee 12pm
December 10 Evening 5pm
December 13 Evening 7pm
December 14 Evening 7pm
December 15 Evening 7pm
December 16 Matinee 2pm
December 16 Evening 7pm
December 17 Matinee 12pm
December 17 Evening 5pm
December 20 Evening 7pm
December 21 Matinee 2pm
December 21 Evening 7pm
December 22 Matinee 2pm
December 22 Evening 7pm
December 23 Matinee 2pm
December 23 Evening 7pm
December 24 Matinee 12pm
December 26 Matinee 2pm
December 26 Evening 7pm
December 27 Evening 7pm
December 28 Evening 7pm
December 29 Evening 7pm
December 30 Matinee 2pm
December 30 Evening 7pm

Production Updates

First Nutcracker Designs Unveiled! 


Frequently Asked Questions


When will the new production of The Nutcracker be performed?
The new production of The Nutcracker will have its world premiere in December, 2017. The performances in December, 2016 will be the last chance for our community to see the current production and bid a fond farewell.

What will be different?
The new production of The Nutcracker will feature entirely-new vibrant and fantastical sets, costumes, and props.

Will the choreography change?
No, the choreography of Willam Christensen is a historic treasure that will stay the same in the new production.

Why is the production being changed?
The Nutcracker’s current sets and costumes are now about 30 years old, and they require extensive refurbishments each season.

How is the new production being funded?
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation has awarded a generous grant to enrich and enhance the production.

Who will be overseeing and designing the production?
Artistic Director Adam Sklute will oversee the new designs, working closely with the Willam Christensen family. Company Archivist Bruce Caldwell, and longtime Ballet West associate and Christensen’s first Ballet Mistress, Bené Arnold, will ensure that the integrity of Mr. Christensen’s vision and choreography is maintained.

A message from Artistic Director Adam Sklute:
“During his lifetime, ‘Mr. C’ frequently updated The Nutcracker to keep it fresh and alive, but he maintained the framework and charm of the story, which kept audiences coming back every year. Our intention with this generous gift from the Eccles Foundation is to keep the choreography exactly the same while updating the physical production. I’m looking forward to even incorporating some spectacular effects that ‘Mr. C’ originally imagined, but did not have the technology or funding to accomplish during his lifetime. This gift will help us honor his vision and move it into the future.”


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