Purchase Tickets Subscribe Customer Care
Ticketing&Schedule InsideHoustonBallet SupportUs Academy News&Media Education&CommunityEngagement NutcrackerMarket


Houston Ballet's Swan LakeHouston Ballet Frequently Asked Questions


1. When do tickets go on sale for Houston Ballet's 2015-2016 season?

2. Who do I call to purchase season tickets?

3. Do I get better seats purchasing tickets on the website?

4. How do I purchase tickets online, by phone or in person?

5. How do I purchase tickets for a group?

6. My online purchase did not complete. What should I do?

7. Who do I contact if I lost my tickets?

8. Are there discounts for students and seniors? When do student/senior tickets become available?

9. If I am a single ticket holder, can I still exchange my ticket?

10. Where do I pick up my Will Call tickets? When does Will Call open and close?

Performance questions:

11. Where are the ballet performances held?  Where are the best seats in the Wortham Theater Center?

12. Where do I park for a performance?

13. Where do I go if I arrive late?

14. How early should I arrive at Wortham Theater Center before a performance?

15. What should I wear to a performance?

16. How long do the ballets last?

17. Who do I call if I lost something in the theater?

18. Can I take pictures inside the theater?

19. If I require wheelchair access, whom should I contact?

20. Does Houston Ballet offer narrated performances for the visually impaired?

Patrons with children:

21. If I have to remove my child from the theater, can I re-enter the performance?

22. At what age is it appropriate to bring a child to the ballet?

23. Where are Houston Ballet's administrative offices located?

24. What are the benefits to being a season subscriber?


1. Tickets for the current season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 713-227-ARTS (713-227-2787) or purchased online.

Back to top

2. For subscription information call 713-522-5538.

Back to top

3. Whether you are purchasing tickets online or by phone, the same seats are available.

If you purchase your tickets online, a diagram of the exact location of your seats is available. If you purchase your tickets by phone, a representative will talk you through where the available seats are located.

Back to top

4. For online purchases, visit www.houstonballet.org. For purchases by phone, please call 713-227-ARTS (2787) or 1 800 828 ARTS (2787). To purchase tickets in person, visit the Wortham Theater Center Box Office located at 501 Texas Avenue at Smith Street or at our administrative offices at 601 Preston Street, Houston, TX 77002.

Back to top

5. To purchase group tickets, please call 713-535-3245, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or visit group sales online under the "Houston Ballet Group Sales" tab. Look for the Online Group Builder link.

Back to top

6. For help, call the box office at 713-227-ARTS(2787).

Back to top

7. For help, call the box office at 713-227-ARTS(2787) or 1 800 828 ARTS (2787) Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Back to top

8. For The Nutcracker, there are no student or senior discounts available.

Student and senior discount tickets are available for select performances. One ticket is offered per valid I.D.

For prices and discount dates, please click on one of the links below.

Student discount tickets
Senior discount tickets

Back to top

9. Yes, you can exchange your ticket, but there is a $5.00 charge.  If you have a subscription, there is no charge. (Free ticket exchanges is one of the benefits of being a Houston Ballet subscriber.)

Back to top

10. Will Call is located at the Wortham Theater Center at 501 Texas Ave. on the ground floor left of the escalators. Will Call is open 90 minutes prior to a performance and closes 15 minutes after the performance starts.

Back to top

11. Ballet performances are held at the Wortham Theater Center at 501 Texas Ave. Each patron prefers different seats in the house. Two seating sections that patrons desiring the best seats typically choose are orchestra center and founders boxes.

Back to top

12. For parking information and directions click here.

Back to top

13. There is an area in the lobby where you may watch the performance on closed-circuit television until the next intermission.

Back to top

14. If your tickets are at Will Call, try to be at the box office 45 minutes prior to the performance. Ticket lines can be long and traffic can be unpredictable, so plan to arrive early.

If you have your tickets already, you still need to allow plenty of time for possible traffic and parking. Entering Wortham Theater Center at least 30 minutes before the performance will allow you time to get your seat and look at your program.

Latecomers will be asked to wait until intermission to be seated.

Back to top

15. It is suggested that you wear business casual clothes -- or more formal attire -- to performances. People attend performances in a wide variety of clothes, but typically tend to dress up for the event. The theater can sometimes get cold, especially in the orchestra section.  

Back to top

16. The time for each ballet varies, but usually between two and a half to three hours. Two weeks prior to the performance, you may check the performance information page under Season Calendar for the production that you will attend to get more specific information on length of performance. Or you may call the box office at 713 227 ARTS (713 227 2787 or 1 800 828 2787).

Back to top

17. To claim lost items, please call Wortham Theater Center's administrative offices at (832) 487-7004 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Back to top

18. The use of photographic and recording equipment in the theater is strictly prohibited. Cellular telephones and paging devices are forbidden inside the hall.

Back to top

19. You would need to contact the box office at 713-227-2787 to inquire about purchasing wheelchair accessible seating. Two seating areas (12 seats) -- on the orchestra/floor level and in the grand tier -- have been designed for wheelchair patrons in the Brown Theater of Wortham Theater Center; please specify wheelchair seating when purchasing a ticket.

Back to top

20. Houston Ballet provides audio description services for visually impaired patrons in partnership with volunteers from Sight into Sound (SIS), a Houston non-profit organization serving the blind and visually-impaired community. Patrons should request narrative services by calling the box office at 713.227.2787 at least two weeks prior to their performance in order to arrange for a narrator to be able to attend the performance.

Trained volunteers read the program prior to each performance and use succinct, vivid, and imaginative language to describe the visual images and activities. SIS volunteers describe set design in detail, the dancer's physical appearances, costumes, movements, and explaination of audience reaction. Patrons wear headsets provided to them by Wortham Theater Center to listen to the describer as the production takes place. This service is provided free of charge by Houston Ballet.

Back to top

21. Out of respect for other audience members, no one can enter the theater while the dancers are performing. You may watch the performance on closed-circuit television until the next intermission.

Back to top

22.  Children attending a ballet performance should be able to remain quiet and attentive for a two-hour performance. Houston Ballet generally recommends that children be at least two years of age to attend a performance. But individual maturity levels vary, and parents know their child's level of maturity best. Story ballets, such at The Nutcracker, are an excellent introduction for children. No matter what age your child is, he or she must have a ticket. Also please note that parents will be asked to remove children creating a disturbance during the performance out of respect for other guests.

To see recommended age guidelines for each ballet, click here.

Back to top

23. Houston Ballet's administrative offices are located at 601 Preston Street, Houston, TX 77002 in downtown Houston, near the Wortham Theater Center. Standard office hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Please note this is not the same place the performances are held. The performances are held at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Avenue at Smith Street in downtown Houston.

Back to top

24. Subscriber benefits include priority seating, a discount of up to 17% in certain sections of the theater, two free subscriber upgrade certificates, exchange privileges for free, a 10% discount on additional tickets and a year subscription to Houston Ballet News.

Back to top

Image: Swan Lake
Dancers: Mireille Hassenboehler,
Andrew Murphy & Artists of Houston Ballet
Photo: Jim Caldwell