Joburg Ballet brings to sparkling life one of the most popular and beloved classical ballets in the world with an enchanting new production of The Nutcracker from 5 to 14 October at Joburg Theatre. With exquisite dancing, sumptuous sets and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music played live by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable treat for children and adults alike.
Choreographed by Angela Malan, former senior principal dancer with Joburg Ballet, The Nutcracker will transport audiences to a fairy tale world, as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince dance through snowflakes, journey to the kingdom of sweets, encounter waltzing flowers and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.
“I want this production to showcase all the wonder and magic of The Nutcracker, while at the same time capturing the timelessness of the great classical ballet tradition,” said Malan. “I’m creating a sparkling new version for Joburg Ballet, while remaining faithful to the original 19th century classic.”
Beautiful new sets and lighting by designer Wilhelm Disbergen will bring this magical world to life on stage, while conductor Eddie Clayton and the full Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will conjure Tchaikovsky’s shimmering score. The JPO is generously sponsored for the season by The Michel Tesson Trust.
“I’m really looking forward to working with both South Africa’s premier ballet company and the finest orchestra in the country,” Clayton said. “This will be my first time conducting Tchaikovsky’s famous music and it promises to be a glorious and joyous production at Joburg Theatre.”
Joburg Ballet offers its usual range of affordable ticket options for The Nutcracker, including half price on opening night, two budget-priced morning matinees with all seats just R100* and discounts for pensioners and groups.
Fri 5 Oct at 19:30 – Half Price Night: R100, R138, R188, R205, R238
Sat 6 Oct, Fri 12 Oct, Sat 13 Oct at 19:30; Sat 6 Oct, Sun 7 Oct, Sat 13 Oct, Sun 14 Oct at 15:00 – Standard Prices: R200, R275, R375, R410, R475
Tue 9 Oct* & Wed 10 Oct at 11:00 – All tickets R100 (*Tue 9 Oct at 11:00 to recorded music)
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)