Pacific Northwest Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents

 The Nutcracker





Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Scenic and Costume Design: Maurice Sendak

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere: December 13, 1983, PNB


November 25 – December 27, 2011

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109


SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet is honored to own one of the world’s most recognized and unique productions of Nutcracker, now celebrating its 29th holiday season in Seattle. The brilliant result of close collaboration between PNB Founding Artistic Director and choreographer Kent Stowell and renowned children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, PNB’s Nutcracker premiered to national acclaim in December 1983. Drawing on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Stowell and Sendak delved deeply into the original story and infused the ballet with a drama and strength that fully complements Tchaikovsky’s classic score. The Northwest’s favorite family tradition returns to Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall for 36 performances November 25 through December 27. Tickets to Nutcracker may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at, or in person at 301 Mercer St.  A limited number of tickets are also available at select Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 206.292-ARTS or online at  No other ticket outlets are authorized to sell Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker tickets.



Day Date Times
Friday Nov. 25 7:30 pm
Saturday Nov. 26 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday Nov. 27 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Friday Dec. 2 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 3 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday Dec. 4 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Friday Dec. 9 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 10 2:00 pm* & 7:30 pm*
Sunday Dec. 11 1:00 pm* & 5:30 pm
Wednesday Dec. 14 7:30 pm
Thursday Dec. 15 7:30 pm
Friday Dec. 16 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 17 2:00 pm* & 7:30 pm*
Sunday Dec. 18 1:00 pm* & 5:30 pm*
Tuesday Dec. 20 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Wednesday Dec. 21 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Thursday Dec. 22 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday Dec. 23 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 24 11:30 am* & 4:00 pm*+
Monday Dec. 26 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Tuesday Dec. 27 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm


 *Peak performances; peak prices apply.

+“Nutty” Nutcracker performance


Ticket range: $28 – $123 ($26 – $113 for children 0-12.  All ages require a ticket for admission, including babes in arms.)  Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Online 24/7 at
  • Phone: 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • In Person: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)

Tickets are also available – subject to availability – 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.

A limited number of Nutcracker tickets are also available at select Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 206.292-ARTS or online at  NOTE: No other ticket outlets are authorized to sell Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker tickets.

Bring a Group to Nutcracker and Save up to 25%!
For a family of 15 or a throng of 3,000 of your closest comrades, PNB’s Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season! Bring a group of family, friends, co-workers or clients and receive up to 25% off regular Nutcracker prices, depending on performance date, time, and section. In addition to outstanding savings, groups receive personal ticketing assistance, the opportunity to book a backstage tour, and access to McCaw Hall reception facilities that may be rented for private parties. For more information, contact Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416 or [email protected]

Additional discount offers and special promotions will be announced in late October.

Listen to the Ballet! 

PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of the world’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall.  Tune in to KING FM for a live opening weekend performance of Nutcracker on Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm. Only on 98.1 fm or online at KING FM website.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker is made possible by community partner Group Health and supporting sponsor Bank of America. Media support for Nutcracker is provided by The Seattle Times and KOMO 4; opening weekend support provided by Puget Sound Energy. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2011-2012 Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season support is provided by Artsfund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax and Washington State Arts Commission.

Schedule and programming subject to change.


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