Get Your Nutcracker on in L.A.

Why pick just one? We’re blessed with tons of interpretations of the classic ballet

The holiday season isn’t complete without at least one viewing of the classic ballet The Nutcracker. In Los Angeles we’re blessed with half a dozen. Pick your favorite or see them all.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 6 – 14
The Luckman Theatre, Cal State Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr., City Terrace
Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre creates an experience for viewers of all ages. On December 13 and 14 Maria Kochetkova, principal ballerina at the San Francisco Ballet, will perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. More information.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 6 – 28
Various venues
Alex Theatre: 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Dolby Theatre: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Royce Hall: 340 Royce Dr., Westwood
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center: 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach
Los Angeles Ballet brings back its celebrated original production to celebrate the coming holiday. The dance will be performed at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Royce Hall at UCLA, and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. More information.

Urban Nut
Dec.11 – 14
Brockus Project Space
618B Moulton Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90031
Los Angeles Contemporary Dace Company infuses modern elements into the Nutcracker and aims for more audience involvement. One lucky audience member will be chosen to lead the dace with the company’s dancers.  More information.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
Dec.12 – 14
Royce Hall at UCLA
340 Royce Dr., Westwood
For the fourth year Debbie Allen leads a troupe of dancers in this new interpretation of the classic. The production gives the classic dance a new context, fresh characters, and new music. More information.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 13 – 21
Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The Huffington Post  calls the Long Beach Ballet’s Nutcracker an annul dream.  The production represents the essence of the holiday classis through its choreography, costume, music, and stage decoration. More information.

The Nutcracker Swings
Dec. 19 – 20
The Wilshire Ebell Theater
4401 W. 8th St., Hancock Park
Directed by Robyn Gardenhire this version, which is performed bytheCity Ballet of Los Angeles, faithfully recreates E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. More information.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 20 – 21
ECC Center for the Arts
16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance ‎
South Bay Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s classic with exquisite dance moves. The ballet is directed by Diane Lauridsen and assistant director Elijah Pressman. More information.