A reimagined Nutcracker, transported to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair

Auditorium Theatre,
Hancher Auditorium,

The classic story of The Nutcracker is reimagined and transported to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair in Christopher Wheeldon’s critically acclaimed holiday masterpiece. When young Marie and her mother, a sculptress who is creating the fair’s iconic Statue of the Republic, host a holiday party, a surprise visit from the charming Great Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure.

59 Productions created this magical world through projection design, working alongside set designer Julian Crouch and lighting designer Natasha Katz.


“If you are worn-out by the old version of The Nutcracker, take heed, the world premiere Chicago based concept will blow you away.”

Chicago Critic

“Everything is heightened in this Nutcracker, and the ballet is better and fresher for it.”

Chicago Theatre Beat

“Extraordinarily rich, beautiful and emotionally potent”

Chicago Tribune


Artistic Director

Ashley Wheater


Christopher Wheeldon

Story by

Brian Selznick

Set and Costume Designer

Julian Crouch

Projection Designer

59 Productions

Music Director

Scott Speck

Lighting Designer

Natasha Katz


Basil Twist


Project Director

Benjamin Pearcy

Creative Associate

Akhila Krishnan

Assistant Designers

Dale Croft
Matthew Taylor


Jarek Radecki
Lawrence Watson
Nick Corrigan