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The Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet, Chicago


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

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.

Opened December 2018

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago & Hancher Auditorium, Iowa

If you are worn-out by the old version of The Nutcracker, take heed, the world premiere Chicago based concept will blow you away.
Everything is heightened in this Nutcracker, and the ballet is better and fresher for it.
Extraordinarily rich, beautiful and emotionally potent


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

59 Team

Project Director
Benjamin Pearcy

Creative Associate
Akhila Krishnan

Assistant Designers
Dale Croft
Matthew Taylor

Jarek Radecki
Lawrence Watson
Nick Corrigan