The Nutcracker

Armando Barros - THE NUTCRACKER - Joburg Ballet 2021. Photo: Lauge Sorensen.

Additional seats now on sale.

Joburg Ballet is pleased to announce that following changes to Covid-19 regulations concerning the size of indoor gatherings, an additional 200 seats are now on sale for each of the seven performances of The Nutcracker being presented by Joburg Ballet at the Joburg Theatre from 8 to 17 October. The previous regulations allowed an audience of only 50 per performance, all of which were sold out within days of the booking opening.

Joburg Ballet brings to sparkling life one of the most popular and beloved classical ballets in the world. The company’s enchanting new production of The Nutcracker from 8 to 17 October at the Joburg Theatre showcases exquisite dancing, sumptuous sets by designer Wilhelm Disbergen and, of course, Tchaikovsky’s captivating music, providing an unforgettable treat for children and adults alike.

Produced and choreographed by artistic director Iain MacDonald, assisted by ballet mistress Lauren Slade, with additional choreography by Nicole Ferreira-Dill, Bruno Miranda and Thabang Mabaso and with Shannon Glover taking principal rehearsals, The Nutcracker will transport audiences to a fairy tale world as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets, dance through snowflakes and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Artistic Director Iain MacDonald commented: “The Nutcracker is a ballet traditionally associated with Christmas, but I believe it is also a ballet that fits perfectly into any season so what better way to create the right mood for the coming Christmas holidays than by presenting The Nutcracker in spring. I am delighted that this staging will also draw on the choreographic talents of company dancers who have been invited to choreograph sections of the production.”


Dates and Times:

Friday 8 October at 18:30

Saturday 9 October at 15:00

Sunday 10 October at 15:00

Friday 15 October at 18:30

Saturday 16 October at 15:00

Saturday 16 October at 18:30

Sunday 17 October at 15:00

Tickets: R280 (Standard Price); R210 (25% discount for Friends of the Ballet); R100 (Pensioners)

Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)

Book: Joburg Theatre Box Office; 0861 670 670; Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (list at

Covid-19: Joburg Ballet and the Joburg Theatre observe prevailing Covid-19 regulations. Theatre capacity is limited according to Covid-19 regulations and tickets are sold as unreserved seating. Patrons will be seated on arrival by the ushers in accordance with social distancing.

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SUPPORT & FUNDING: Joburg Ballet acknowledges principal funder, the City of Johannesburg, and our generous sponsors: Air France • Avis • BakerMcKenzie • CreativeCFO • Edgars Club • Friends of the Ballet • Joburg Theatre • Linksfield Orthopaedic Sport Rehabilitation Centre • Mango Airlines • Mazars • MySchool • Newsclip • Rand Merchant Bank • Splitbeam • The Ball Family Foundation • The Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters Foundation • The Michel Tesson Trust • The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust • The South African Ballet Theatre Trust • The Unlimited Group • Travel with Flair • 21st Century

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Di Sparks, Behind the Scenes Communications
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Di Sparks
073 208 8483
Joburg Ballet