The Nutcracker

Showtime: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Location: Hammerson Hall

Tickets: $55.00 and up (HST included, service fees extra)

Show suitable for: All Ages


Date Time Price
The Nutcracker Date: December 8, 2019 Time: 02:00 pm Price: $55.00 - $75.00 Buy Tickets
The Nutcracker Date: December 8, 2019 Time: 07:00 pm Price: $55.00 - $75.00 Buy Tickets
Dinner & Show Package: The Nutcracker (Dinner) Date: December 8, 2019 Time: 04:30 pm Price: $97.00 - $117.00 Buy Tickets

For 2:00 p.m. performance

Dinner & Show Package: The Nutcracker (Dinner) Date: December 8, 2019 Time: 04:30 pm Price: $97.00 - $117.00 Buy Tickets

For 7:00 p.m. performance


The Nutcracker 

"The Nutcracker" is the perennial favorite of generations of children and "children at heart".
The treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl's journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. 

Thrill to the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky's beloved music, including "Waltz of the Flowers", "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", and "Waltz of the Snowflakes," the entire family will love this magical experience filled with spectacular sets and beautiful costumes. 

The first visit of the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa with 55 talented and brightest ballet Stars, with its performance of "The Nutcracker" has become a tradition of the Christmas Holiday Season.


The year 1923 marks an important date in the history of the Odessa Opera Theater; it is the year when the first ballet was staged by the theater’s ballet company: “Swan Lake”, followed by others, starting with “Little Horse”, and following with “Coppélia” and “Le Corsaire”.In 1926 the great innovator Kasyan Goleizovsky arrived in Odessa, a choreographer who greatly influenced the fate of the Odessa ballet. His ballets “Joseph the Beautiful”, “In the Sun” and mostly the famous “Polovtsian Dances” from Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor” enchanted the audience, and the press celebrated the success of these performances by pronouncing the Odessa ballet “a modern factory for new dance”. Since the end of the twenties and the entire following decade, the repertoire quickly broadened to include new titles such as “Don Quixote” and “Giselle”, accompanied by works of contemporary authors such as Paul Virsky, Alexander Terekhov and Mikhail Moiseev.

From 1940 on, the ballet had been managed by Vakhtang Vronskij – Nadiradze, who succeeds to add “Esmeralda” to the repertoire, before war forced the theater to slow its growth and the company to relocate temporarily to Krasnoyarsk, where they had been forced to work in difficult conditions until Odessa would be finally liberated in April 1944. After the war, a period of genuine prosperity began for the company, with the arrival of ballet stars such as Marina Semyonova and Galina Ulanova in 1949, and especially the great Maya Plisetskaya, who was at the pinnacle of her glory.

During the next two decades the company and its repertoire continued their constant growth, adding other important works, such as “Laurencia”, “Peer Gynt” by Edvard Grieg (1959), “Spartacus” by Khachaturian (1962), “The Great Waltz” by Johann Strauss (1958). During the ’70s and ’80s, due to the work of choreographers such as Natalia Ryzhenko and Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, the company’s repertoire is augmented by new ballets such as “Anna Karenina” by Rodion Shchedrin (choreography by Maya Plisetskaya) (1976), “Masquerade” by Aram Khachaturian (1982).

During the ’90s, under the tutelage of Vladimir Troshchenko, the great classics were staged once more, such as “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” and “La Bayadère”.

Since 2009, as we already mentioned, the ballet company has been managed by the Honorary Artist of Russia Yuri Vasyuchenko, who staged “Don Quixote” again and added to the repertoire other important titles, such as “Paquita”, “Walpurgis Night”, as well as the dances in the operas “Turandot”, “Don Juan”, “Aida”, “Prince Igor” and others.



Join us early and complete your Living Arts Centre experience with our Pre-Show Dinner Buffet at LIVE Restaurant! LIVE Restaurant offers you an enjoyable experience with great food and great ambience.

Doors open at 11:30pm & 4:30pm
For reservations, please call 905-306-6116

*For Groups, please call 905.306.6000

Enjoy our free underground parking (after 6 PM)
that is heated in the Winter!