Uncover the chronicles of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition that has captured the hearts of audiences for over five decades.
Arthur Fiedler, Maria Tallchief, Earle Sieveling, and E. Virginia Williams in rehearsal for The Nutcracker in 1965Photo credit: unsigned
Boston Ballet in The Nutcracker in 1978 with new sets by Helen Pond and Herbert SennPhoto credit: A. Epstein
Boston Ballet began performing The Nutcracker before the Company was even officially established in 1963. In 1958, Company founder E. VIRGINIA WILLIAMS started a concert troupe from Boston Ballet School students called the New England Civic Ballet, and the troupe toured regionally with smaller ballets that included a three-act version of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Williams herself.
In December of 1963, Boston Ballet School received a Ford Foundation grant in part thanks to a recommendation by George Balanchine, which launched the professional Company. Within that same month, the Company performed its first formal full-length performance of The Nutcracker. In 1965, Boston Ballet presented its first subscription series and concluded the year with The Nutcracker, which officially marked the beginning of the holiday tradition audiences know and love today.
Edra Toth and Tony Williams in The Nutcracker circa 1970
Photo credit: unsigned
Go behind the scenes of The Nutcracker’s larger-than-life spectacle with the students of Boston Ballet School.
Step behind the curtain and discover what it’s like to perform the demanding corps roles in this magical production.
Go behind the scenes as the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King get ready for the season’s biggest showdown.
Peek inside the prep for Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and get ready for the magic to unfold on stage.
Catch a glimpse of the fast-paced and thrilling Russian Dance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.
Follow Clara on her magical adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince where her wildest dreams come to life.
Get Principal Dancer Ji Young Chae’s perspective on performing the dazzling role of Dew Drop in The Nutcracker.
Discover this beloved holiday classic through the eyes of our youngest fans.
Get a dancer’s perspective on The Nutcracker from the wings.
Get Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili’s perspective on dancing the role of Drosselmeier in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.
Watch Boston Ballet’s dancers in this slo-mo sneak peek of The Nutcracker’s Snow Scene.
Go behind-the-scenes and see the many characters performed during The Nutcracker.