Nutcracker Ballet in Vancouver: Ballet BC Presents Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Comments 82 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Ballet BC presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in The Nutcracker this weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. As Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet will bring this magical holiday dream to life with the some of the country’s best and brightest young artists.

Photo courtesy of Ballet BC. RWB Company Photo by Vince Pahkala.

Nutcracker Ballet in Vancouver

Follow the fearless female heroine, Clara, as her Christmas dream becomes our magical reality. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, Clara’s turn-of-the-century stately mansion becomes a whirlwind fantasy of live toy soldiers, dancing mice and a mischievous bear who steals the Christmas pudding.

With her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy by her side, Clara confidently overcomes all obstacles on this wild Christmas night! Sumptuous costumes and an imaginative set design bring holiday sparkle to the stage, while a few Canadian surprises freshen-up the up the traditional tale – audiences can expect a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill to create even more ruckus on stage. This all-ages adventure is presented with incredible beauty and splendour, making Nutcracker an unforgettable treat the whole family will savour.

Choreography by Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Costume Design by Paul Daigle. Scenic Design by Brian Perchaluk. Lighting Design by Michael J. Whitfield.


Photo courtesy of Ballet BC. RWB Company Photo by Vince Pahkala.

Performances of The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be at 7:30pm on Friday, December 12, 2014; Saturday, December 13, 2014; and Sunday, December 14, 2014 with additional 2:00pm performances on December 13th and December 14th.

Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $35 to $98.50, and family packs (2 adults, 2 children) are available from $229 to $300 (including service charges). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster online or by phone at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS).

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away The Nutcracker performance on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Follow Ballet BC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Update The winner is Vanessa!

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  1. ChristinaTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:48am PST

    I’d love to watch this Christmas Classic, what a great gift!

  2. christopheTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:51am PST

    Mw me me!

  3. CharlesTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:51am PST

    I’ve never seen the Nutcracker before but I think it would be a good experience.

  4. JanTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:52am PST

    I’d love to take my little girl to this.

  5. DebraTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:52am PST

    I would love to see this performance of The Nutcracker by my old hometown’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet!

  6. SharonTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 11:01am PST

    Yes please!

  7. AmandineTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 11:08am PST

    I would love to go, was going to book but couldn’t afford it 🙁 thanks for the opportunity!

  8. LCTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 11:23am PST

    Really hope to go!

  9. Janice MTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 11:24am PST

    I would love to win these tickets!

  10. SanazTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 11:35am PST

    I’d love to check this out!

  11. LeeTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 11:37am PST

    Fabulous contest. Good luck everyone!
    Wonderful write up, btw.

  12. Marie-ClaireTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 12:24pm PST

    I would love to take my son to his first ballet.

  13. StephanieTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 12:25pm PST

    What a fabulous prize!

  14. SabrinaTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 1:51pm PST

    Ooooh, I would so love to go!!!!

  15. Nicole LambTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 1:54pm PST

    I have never seen the nutcracker….and I would absolutely love to go.

  16. ShawnTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 1:56pm PST

    I have always wanted to see the Nutcracker. Looks so beautiful.

  17. Louise ClarkeTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 1:56pm PST

    I would be so grateful to win a pair of tickets to see this for the first time

  18. ArieannaTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 1:56pm PST

    That would be great!

  19. VanessaTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 2:00pm PST

    My daughter is 7 and taking ballet. My mom bought her a Nutcracker book that she carries everywhere with her because she says it makes her happy. She would LOVE to see the Nutcracker live.

  20. NikkiTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 2:02pm PST

    Great way to get into the Xmas spirit !

  21. LouiseTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 2:02pm PST

    Yes, please! That would make Christmas perfect.

  22. NancyTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 2:07pm PST

    I’d love to go!

  23. HannahTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 2:34pm PST

    Love the ballet!

  24. LorTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 3:13pm PST

    Sounds absolutely lovely.

  25. LucTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 3:22pm PST

    Great performance to be!

  26. CindyTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 3:24pm PST

    Never been, would love to go!

  27. janTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 3:31pm PST

    been to a ballet years ago

  28. meredithTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 4:25pm PST

    Love the nutcracker story. Would love to see it in ballet

  29. mariaTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 4:34pm PST

    Would love to take my niece!

  30. Tracey FlattesTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 4:34pm PST

    Love the Nutcracker – great prize!

  31. KrissyTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 4:44pm PST

    I’ve always wanted to see this!

  32. VickiTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 5:17pm PST

    Have never been and would love to go!

  33. kayTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 5:18pm PST

    A holiday tradition

  34. KKTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 6:16pm PST

    That’s great chance to watch the show in Vancouver

  35. ariTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 7:10pm PST

    I would love to go with family!

  36. ConnieTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 8:32pm PST

    I’ve been trying to win tickets for this ballet from you for a couple of years now. I hope I win this time!

  37. ZoeTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 8:53pm PST

    Would love to go, thanks!

  38. MariekeTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 8:54pm PST

    Such a classic. Haven’t seen it in a long time, and it would be a lovely way to start the holiday season!

  39. Erin WTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 8:56pm PST

    I’ve wanted to see this for years. This would be amazing.

  40. ErinTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 9:22pm PST

    I want to see the ballet so badly!!!

  41. MichelleTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 9:42pm PST

    Yes please! 🙂

  42. JoyceTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:14pm PST

    I would love to watch this with my husband!:)

  43. leanneTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:25pm PST

    I would love to take my daughter!

  44. leanneTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 10:26pm PST

  45. HayleyTuesday, December 9th, 2014 — 11:32pm PST

    I would love to go <3

  46. RebeccaWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 1:36am PST

    I love The Nutcracker!

  47. SayaWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 2:02am PST

    I love to see it!! Their Romeo and Juliet was the best ballet I have ever seen.

  48. IsabelWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 4:07am PST

    Oh please!

  49. WenWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 8:17am PST

    This will be an awesome show

  50. EileenWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 8:25am PST

    I love how pretty and magical it looks.

  51. Miriam WiltonWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 9:24am PST

    I used to love going to the Nutcracker with my sisters when i was a kid. what a wonderful way to bring the magic of christmas and ballet into my little ones life.

  52. AdrienneWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 10:43am PST

    Such a wonderful Holiday activity. I’d love to see this ballet!

  53. Cameron P.Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 10:55am PST

    My parents took me to The Nutcracker in Toronto back in the 60’s, on the same night the Maple Leafs played the Canadiens. I had thought they were taking me to see the Maple Leafs play the Canadiens, so I was totally distraught. Today, I would choose the ballet over hockey any day (or night).

  54. MeaganWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 12:19pm PST

    would love to take my daughter to this!

  55. AlexWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 12:40pm PST

    Fun event for the holidays!

  56. Debbie SWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 12:49pm PST

    I would love my 5 yr old daugther to see this Xmas classic for the 1st time.

  57. jessica eapenWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 12:53pm PST

    i’d love to see this!

  58. Gabrielle D.Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 1:27pm PST

    If I won I would love to share this experience with my mother! She drove me to my ballet classes as a child for years. Sadly my career did not pay off 😉

  59. AngieWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 2:26pm PST

    I have taken my daughter every Christmas to see a local performance of this since she was two. It would be nice to see a professional performance.

  60. KathleenWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 2:30pm PST

    this would be amazing to win

  61. Tracey FlattesWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 3:29pm PST

    Awesome prize!

  62. KristinaWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 3:47pm PST

    I’d love to take my mom to see this ❤️

  63. R TaylorWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 4:15pm PST

    The Nutcracker is my all-time FAVE Christmas story. Would love to finally see it performed!

  64. Samantha ClarkWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 4:21pm PST

    EEEKK this would be amazing.

  65. thankfulWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 5:56pm PST

    the music, the magic, the sugar plum fairies … important seasonal keepsake!

  66. JohnWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 6:04pm PST

    Would love to go!

  67. LorenaWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 6:28pm PST

    I would love to take my hubby to our first ballet! <3 Thanks!

  68. bjhWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 8:10pm PST

    I’ve loved the nutcracker since I was a kid!

  69. HannahWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 8:13pm PST

    I remember seeing the Nutcracker ballet as a kid, but haven’t seen it since and have been dying to go this year!! <3 <3 <3 It's just so graceful and beautiful!

  70. ShelleyWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 10:33pm PST

    I have always wanted to go to this.

  71. MargaretWednesday, December 10th, 2014 — 11:09pm PST

    A classic. One of my favorite traditions.

  72. DianneThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 12:02am PST

    I would love to take my daughter to see this, Neither one of us has seen it live.

  73. TracyThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 12:52am PST

    Would love to see this live!

  74. ChristineThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 8:43am PST

    I have seen the nutcracker in 4 other canadian cities and now I live here and would love to see it!

  75. LynnThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 9:04am PST

    I would love to go see The Nutcracker ballet!

  76. OanaThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 11:10am PST

    I would love tickets to this!

  77. LauraThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 11:34am PST

    I’ve never been to the Royal Winnipeg one, but heard good things!
    Would love to go!

  78. Steve v.Thursday, December 11th, 2014 — 11:35am PST

    Few things trigger fond Christmas childhood memories more than the music from the Nutcracker. Tweeted, please include me in the contest!

  79. Michelle WThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 1:04pm PST

    I would so so love to attend! The Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

  80. MichelleThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 4:11pm PST

    I love the music from this ballet, would love to go see it !

  81. Teresa KThursday, December 11th, 2014 — 6:33pm PST

    I’d love to win.

  82. Yvonne ChanFriday, December 12th, 2014 — 2:31pm PST

    Please pick me!

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