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"It will bring your family closer together!”

-  Chicago Tribune

Showing at the Chopin Theatre November 3 - December 30, 2017!

family theatre, holiday play

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
– 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
Originally directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley
Directed for 2017 by Chris Mathews

The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

RUN DATES: November 3-December 30, 2017 
Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 3:00 and 7:30, Sundays 3:00 (and 7:00 in December). Added weeknight shows are at 7:00pm.
PRICES: $20-$50
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 

Enjoy a pre-show mix n' mingle with drinks and apps and a ticket to the 7:30 show. Stick around for the annual Sugar Plum Holiday Cookie Party with artists and audiences on stage!  Get tickets and info.


SUGAR PLUM HOLIDAY COOKIE PARTY, after the show on 12/8
Join us for the 7:30 show on Friday Dec. 8th and stick around for delicious desserts, a cash bar, a photo station, and crafty table! Get tickets to Dec 8 at 7:30.

Now on sale through April 2018!

"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
AGES: Recommended for adults and youth ages 12 and up
RUN TIME: The performance runs about 75 minutes. 
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*

Check out our TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews for more glowing recommendations from mystified patrons!


It’s the true tale of the most infamous family feud in American history. On the border of Kentucky and West Virginia, North and South, Fact and Fiction, two cabins both alike in dignity wage a whip-smart war of words and bullets. 

This modern love letter to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet lands us in a philosophically polarized America emerging from the Civil War. But conflict reverberates at home.  Gunfire and romance erupt when young Rosanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield fall in love, marry in secret, and vow to reconcile their feuding families against all odds. Their tale of woe is served up with a heaping helping of original Americana tunes, connecting times past to our familiar present.


Showing at the Chopin Theatre January 19-March 11, 2018!


by Shawn Pfautsch
original songs by Shawn Pfautsch and Matt Kahler
directed by Matt Hawkins

RUN DATES: January 19- March 11, 2018 
PRICES: $20-$50
GROUPS: 10+ people? Save at least 15% when you bring a group!
AGES: With guns, righteousness and unneighborly conduct, this show is recommended for adults and teens.
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642