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"It will bring your family closer together!”

-  Chicago Tribune

Showing at the Chopin Theatre November 8 – December 29, 2019!


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


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 29, 2019
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.

FAMILY DAY, Sunday, Nov 24, 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Family Day offers "extras" for our younger guests ages 5+. Come early for kids' crafts including cookie decorating from our partners at Lakeview Whole Foods. Watch the 3pm matinee, and then join in character meet-n-greet for kids after the show


Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performances: Saturdays Nov. 30 at 3pm, Dec. 7 at 3pm, and Dec. 28 at 3pm

Open Captioned performance: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3pm

Touch Tour & Audio Described performance: Saturday, Dec. 14: (2pm and 3pm)

Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered to those on our ACCESS listserve. Please join the listserve with the button below.

Questions? Call us at 773.769.3832 or email us at

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES here.