"It will bring your family closer together!”
- Chicago Tribune
Showing at the Chopin Theatre November 8 - December 30, 2018!
A ballet-free tradition for Chicago!
“Imaginative and inventive! It's more than earned a place in the roster of EXCEPTIONAL Chicago holiday shows. I was teary-eyed in less than five minutes.” Chicago Reader
"It'll pull at your heart strings while hitting your funny bone." - The Fourth Walsh
"Warm ,kind, moving, inclusive, affordable and wholly original!" ★★★★ - Chicago Tribune
“YOU'LL BELIEVE IN MAGIC!”
– New City
We bring this wholly original, ballet-free show back year after year because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the grinch’s side from time to time.
The House’s fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave girl will risk the darkness, fight the Rat King, and save her family! This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.
Created by Phillip Klapperich, Jake Minton, Kevin O'Donnell and Tommy Rapley
Directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
RUN DATES: November 8-December 30, 2018
TIMES: Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 3:00 and 7:30, Sundays 2:00 (and 6:00 in December). Added weeknight shows are at 7:00pm.
BOX OFFICE: 773-769-3832
AGES: Recommended for ages 5 and up! Read the Parent's Guide.
RUN TIME: 2 hours, with a 15-minute intermission
GROUPS: Save 15% or more when you bring 10+ people!
SPECIAL EVENTS at The Nutcracker
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EVENT, pre-show on 12/6
Enjoy a pre-show mix n' mingle with drinks and apps and a ticket to the 7:30 show.
ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES at The Nutcracker
Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performance, Sunday, Dec. 2 (3pm)
Open Captioned performance: Friday, Dec. 7: (7:30pm)
Touch Tour & Audio Described performance: Saturday, Dec. 15: (2pm and 3pm)
Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered with code “ACCESS”. Questions? Call us at 773.769.3832 or email us at email@example.com.
Now on sale through January 2019!
"A SOPHISTICATED NIGHT-CAP. You’ll be mightily impressed!"
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“A perfect evening of illusion and laughter… The Magic Parlour TRANSFORMED a roomful of tired adults into WIDE-EYED, WIDE AWAKE innocents. And that in itself is Watkins’ most impressive trick."
Chicago Theater Beat
“This late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and UTTERLY BAFFLING.”
The Chicago Reader
An intimate evening of classic magic
Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. Experience the premier magic show in Chicago, featuring mystifying feats of prestidigitation, sleight of hand, mentalism, and more!
Or call (773)769-3832
Want to request a private event? Start here!
RUN DATES: An open run continues on Fridays and Saturdays, with more performances this year than ever before!
TIMES: Fridays 7:30 & 9:30pm, Saturdays 4:30, 7:30 & 9:30pm.
PRICE: $79 - $89
AGES: Recommended for adults and youth ages 12 and up
RUN TIME: This is a 90-minute experience.
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago IL 60603
*Guests convene at Potter's on the lobby level and will be escorted to the private performance venue*