The 56th edition of the Nutcracker Ballet returns to Montreal for the holidays

Nov 7 2019, 8:23 am

In addition to the upcoming Nutcracker Market, you can also get your Nutcracker fill courtesy of the Les Grands Ballets.

For the 56th year, the full-length rendition of Les Grands Ballet’s magical The Nutcracker returns to Montreal’s Place des Arts.

Choreographed by the late Quebecer Fernand Nault and based on German author ETA Hoffman’s original tale, the theatre play embodies the spirit of Christmas with its graceful entertainment, magical scenery, and stunning costumes, to Tchaikovsky’s timeless musical score.

The story tells the tale of Clara, who receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas. The young girl is then swept into a fairytale world in which the nutcracker becomes a prince, while mice and rats battle an army of toy soldiers.

Along with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, a gallery of colourful characters will dazzle the stage: the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, Dew Drop Fairies, raindeers, Matryoshka dolls, and Oriental dancers, all part of the play’s 150 cast members.

The Nutcracker’s orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Orchestra, features 70 musicians and soloists, who have provided the play’s score for more than 30 years.

Buying a ticket to Montreal’s The Nutcracker also supports a good cause. For each ticket sold, $2 are donated to The Nutcracker Fund for Children.

Tickets are available now for a variety of dates and times and range from $50 to $149.

The Nutcracker Ballet

When: December 12, 14, 15, 19-23, 26-30
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price: $50 – $144, available, online