Richmond Ballet to Present 2019 “Nutcracker” Performance Online


If you were bummed about missing the nationally acclaimed version of “The Nutcracker” produced by Richmond Ballet, stress no further. For the first time in its history, the state ballet of Virginia is offering “The Nutcracker” virtually so people can watch from the safety of their own homes.

A previously recorded performance from December 2019, which includes the Richmond Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s familiar score, will be available to stream Dec. 11 – Dec. 31 through a variety of virtual packages.

Heralded as “one of the country’s most perfect [“Nutcracker” productions]” by The New York Times, tickets this year will start at $25. To learn more, visit

Here’s a rundown of the packages listed in a recent press release from the Richmond Ballet.

The Nutcracker - $25

See why The New York Times called our production one of the country’s “most perfect.” From Friday, December 11th through Saturday, December 26th watch a recording of a previous performance of The Nutcracker as many times as you’d like! Get all dolled up in your holiday finest or put on your coziest pajamas and join Clara on her journey from beneath the branches of an enchanted Christmas tree through a winter white forest to the Kingdom of Sweets.

The Nutcracker with Bonus Features - $40 In addition to receiving The Nutcracker performance, get access to our ‘Behind the Curtain’ bonus videos featuring dancer commentaries, tales and traditions from backstage, and more.

Family Package* - $125

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

For the young and young at heart, receive a Nutcracker gift box including decorate-your-own cookies from Melissa’s Simply Sweet, a Nutcracker craft activity, a special gift from our Nutcracker Boutique and other surprises. All gift boxes must be picked up curbside from the Richmond Ballet building on either Saturday, December 12th from 11am – 3pm or Thursday, December 17th from 2pm – 6pm. Your pick-up will be highlighted by the chance to see some of our dancers in their Nutcracker party outfits and everyone’s favorite Russian Bear.

Premier Family Package * - $250

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

Make this holiday season extra special by sending a personalized video message from one of our dancers (in costume) to a loved one! The magic will come from a beloved Nutcracker character who will speak directly to you or your gift recipient. This package includes everything from the Family Package plus a personalized video message and an autographed pointe shoe.

Join us for the Magic * - $500

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

Are you looking for that special occasion to dress up in your holiday best and enjoy a safe and socially distanced theatre experience? On Sunday, December 13th at 1:00pm or 4:30pm at our Studio Theatre in downtown Richmond, you and up to three guests will be greeted by characters from The Nutcracker before watching the second act of our pre-recorded Nutcracker performance on our beautiful big screen in our Studio Theatre. The second act includes so many favorites like the Arabian Snake and Charmer, the Russian Bear, the Chinese Dragon and the adorable lambs. After the screening, a special surprise live performance will cap off the holiday fun. Your group will receive a Family Package Nutcracker gift box upon leaving the theatre to take more of the magic home with you!

Character Visit to Your Home* - $1,000 *includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

This holiday season, a once in a lifetime opportunity awaits! Journeying all the way from the Kingdom of Sweets, choose from the Russian Bear, Sugar Plum Fairy or Snow Queen to make a special visit to your home. This never before experience will include a socially-distanced visit and photo opportunity (masks required) outside of your home. You’ll also receive a Family Package Nutcracker gift box and a personally autographed, framed photo from one of their exquisite performances. There is no way to be closer to the magic of The Nutcracker this season.