SEASON 2022-2023

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

December 10-24, 2022
Zalman Raffael’s interpretation of The Nutcracker we know and love, inspired by Robert Weiss, and music by PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY.

The Ballet will re-invision The Nutcracker for today’s audiences while staying true to its historic roots.

“We will honor past productions by George Balanchine and Robert Weiss and move this holiday classic forward into our times.” – Zalman Raffael

Join us on 12/17 at either show for a special magical event!

Rick Thomas will be performing before both shows on the 17th at an exclusive magic show! Rick is the magician who has designed illusions specifically for our Nutcracker performances. Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the only Nutcracker productions with magic performed live onstage and we are excited to watch him in action at his own performance! Don’t miss out on this magical preshow event presented by WRAL.

The Matinee Magic Show starts at 1pm followed by The Nutcracker at 2pm

The Evening Magic Show starts at 6 followed by The Nutcracker at 7pm

Tickets for the Magic Show are FREE and need to be reserved through the Carolina Ballet Box Office. The Magic begins promptly one hour before The Nutcracker  followed by a 30 minute intermission.  *You MUST have a ticket to The Nutcracker on 12/17 to attend.*

Help your community & get a discount!

Each holiday season, Carolina Ballet provides audience members the opportunity to give back by partnering with local nonprofits, and this year will support both Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The Food Bank will accept items such as canned fruits, vegetables, meats, beans and soup. Ronald McDonald House is accepting disinfectant wipes.

Discounted tickets are available on:

12/22 at 2pm & 7pm
12/24 at 11am & 3pm

 Donate 2 containers of Lysol or Clorox 75-80 count disinfectant wipes to receive $20 off per ticket


Donate 5 cans of food to receive $10 off per ticket

Tickets can be purchased over the phone in advance and donated items will be collected at the theater or donations can be brought to the Carolina Ballet Box Office when purchasing tickets.  *not valid on previous purchases.

Experience new costumes and redesigned sets.
After 20 years and over 400 performances, more than 140 costumes have to be replaced. Our creative team will bring a fresh new take to the production that will celebrate this iconic ballet.

Costumes will be co-designed by Victor Lytvinenko, co-founder and designer at Raleigh Denim Workshop, and Terry Baker, Carolina Ballet’s Costume Director. Sets and backdrops will be designed by Matthew Strampe and Andrew Armas, members of Carolina Ballet’s Production Team.


Casting will be available 48 hours before the performance.


Buy Tickets by Phone, in Person or Online


By Phone:
Call the Ballet Line at 919.719.0900 or the Ticketmaster Arts Hotline at 800.982.2787

In Person:
The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts located at:
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Ticketmaster charges apply.


Durham Performing Arts Center

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Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

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