Dancing snowflakes, toy soldiers and the Sugar Plum Fairy come to life in this magical family classic.


Costumes plucked from the most gorgeous chocolate box; Tchaikovsky’s score to transport you to a land of dreams; and a story lifted straight from the pages of a classic fairy tale.

This winter, banish the dark skies – and transport your whole family into the world of the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Experience a fantastical adventure with a little girl called Clara, as she drifts off to sleep on Christmas Eve. She meets her Prince, is confronted by a battle of larger-than-life mice and rats, and is whisked into the luscious land of sweets – it even snows on stage!

Accompanied by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, this is classical ballet at its most plush and sumptuous. Devised in 1973 by the Company’s founding artistic director, The Nutcracker was revived to widespread acclaim in 2014.

Running time: The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval.

★★★★★ 'A perfect Christmas treat for all ages'

The Herald

★★★★★ ‘Radiating joy and warmth from start to finish’

All Edinburgh Theatre

★★★★★ ‘Scottish Ballet once again provides a perfect Christmas night out for all ages’

Southside Advertiser

DELVE DEEPER INTO THE NUTCRACKER

Discover more about the creative process behind The Nutcracker with special events, galleries and short behind-the-scenes videos.

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TAKE THE NUTCRACKER HOME WITH YOU

We have a new range of festive themed gifts waiting to find a home under your Christmas tree.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Nutcracker with these special events, available to all who attend the performance on selected dates. Be sure to view each event in detail, as some require bookings.

FRIENDS EVENTS

Become a Friend of Scottish Ballet to open up a world beyond the curtain. These events will bring you further inside our sphere and into the minds of our creative team.


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Places, Dates & Times

  • Edinburgh

    Festival Theatre

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

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    Audio Description & Touch Tour

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Dance)

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Dance)

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    Stage Secrets

    Learn about the characters, story and costumes in a way that will appeal to both young and old.

    You will get the chance to meet one of our dancers and then watch the Company take class on stage. Suitable for age 6+.

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    Learn about the characters, story and costumes in a way that will appeal to both young and old.

    You will get the chance to meet one of our dancers and then watch the Company take class on stage. Suitable for age 6+.

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  • Glasgow

    Theatre Royal

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Dance)

    Hear about the making of the production direct from members of the Scottish Ballet team.

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    Stage Secrets

    Learn about the characters, story and costumes in a way that will appeal to both young and old.

    You will get the chance to meet one of our dancers and then watch the Company take class on stage. Suitable for age 6+.

    £5.50/£3.50 conc
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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Dance)

    Hear about the making of the production direct from members of the Scottish Ballet team.

    FREE
    Book Now
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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

    Hear about the making of the production direct from members of the Scottish Ballet team.

    FREE
    Book Now
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    Stage Secrets

    Learn about the characters, story and costumes in a way that will appeal to both young and old.

    You will get the chance to meet one of our dancers and then watch the Company take class on stage. Suitable for age 6+.

    £5.50/£3.50 conc
    Book Now
    Audio Description & Touch Tour

    ​Losing your sight or your hearing doesn't have to mean missing out. Audio described performances are at 2.30pm, preceded by a touch tour at 1pm.

    Book Now
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  • Aberdeen

    His Majesty's Theatre

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Dance)

    Hear about the making of the production direct from members of the Scottish Ballet team.

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    Book Now
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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

    Hear about the making of the production direct from members of the Scottish Ballet team.

    FREE
    Book Now
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    Stage Secrets

    Learn about the characters, story and costumes in a way that will appeal to both young and old.

    You will get the chance to meet one of our dancers and then watch the Company take class on stage. Suitable for age 6+.

    £5.50/£3.50 conc
    Book Now
    Audio Description & Touch Tour

    ​Losing your sight or your hearing doesn't have to mean missing out. Audio described performances are at 2.30pm, preceded by a touch tour at 1pm.

    Book Now
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  • Inverness

    Eden Court

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Dance)

    Hear about the making of the production direct from members of the Scottish Ballet team.

    FREE
    Book Now
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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

    Hear about the making of the production direct from members of the Scottish Ballet team.

    FREE
    Book Now
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    Stage Secrets

    Learn about the characters, story and costumes in a way that will appeal to both young and old.

    You will get the chance to meet one of our dancers and then watch the Company take class on stage. Suitable for age 6+.

    £5.50/£3.50 conc
    Book Now
    Audio Description & Touch Tour

    ​Losing your sight or your hearing doesn't have to mean missing out. Audio described performances are at 2.30pm, preceded by a touch tour at 1pm.

    Book Now
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  • Newcastle

    Theatre Royal

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