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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.