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"Nutcracker shows tradition can still thrill."
Houston Chronicle

Houston Ballet bids farewell to Ben Stevenson’s beloved production of The Nutcracker. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson, with designs by acclaimed designer Desmond Heeley, Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker has been Houston’s premiere holiday tradition since 1987.

“Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has been an incredible gift for Houston Ballet and the city of Houston,” said Executive Director Jim Nelson. “We honor the ballet for its place in our company’s history and the profound impact it has had on the generations of dancers and audience members.”

Houston Ballet will give 34 performances of Ben Stevenson’s version of The Nutcracker, to a live orchestra, in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. 

November 27 – December 27, 2015

At 7:30 pm on November 27, 28*, 29* and Dec. 5, 6*, 11*, 12, 13*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27*

At 2:00 pm on November 27, 28, 29 and Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 17, 18* 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27

*Indicates discounted performance.

In 2016, Houston Ballet will premiere a new version of The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Stanton Welch, featuring all-new sets and costumes.

The Nutcracker

Music- Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky

Choreographer- Ben Stevenson

Scenic/Costume Design- Desmond Heely

Lighting Design- Duane Schuler

Houston Ballet Orchestra Conducted by Ermanno Florio, Jared Oaks, David LaMarche, Craig Kier, and Ned Battista 

Age Recommendation: at least 3 years of age

Read the synopsis of The Nutcracker

This performance lasts approximately two hours.
There will be one intermission lasting twenty-five minutes.

Performance in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street.



Houston Ballet Age Recommendation

Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dancers: Artists of Houston Ballet
Photo by: Amitava Sarkar