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.

★★★★★ 'Joyous and magical'

The Herald

★★★★★

Scottish Daily Express

BEHIND THE SCENES

Discover more about the creative process behind The Nutcracker with these special events, galleries and short documentary, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the artistic team.

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Behind the scenes

Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Dance)

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

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Behind the scenes

Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

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Behind the scenes

The Nutcracker 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.

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Behind the scenes

The Nutcracker 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...

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FRIENDS OF SCOTTISH BALLET

Friends Event

The Nutcracker - Rehearsals & Costume Event

Friends of Scottish Ballet can join our Head of Wardrobe and one of our dancers as they talk us through some of the most magical costumes before...

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Friends Event

The Nutcracker - View from the Stage

Join us for a drink at your local theatre, meet some of our dancers, and watch the evening performance of Peter Darrell's ​The Nutcracker. ​

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Places, Dates & Times

  • Edinburgh

    Festival Theatre

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    Inclusive Performance

    Specifically designed for people with a range of additional support needs and their families; a relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium with small changes made to the light, sound and special effects of the show.

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

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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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    Stage Secrets

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

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  • Glasgow

    Theatre Royal

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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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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

    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+.

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  • Aberdeen

    His Majesty's Theatre

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    Talk Ballet: The Nutcracker (Music)

    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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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Newcastle

    Theatre Royal

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