Behind the Scenes at the All New Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker

For the first time in more than two decades, the Atlanta Ballet will debut a new version of The Nutcracker this holiday season. I was fortunate to get a tiny sneak peek last week during a technical rehearsal at the Fox Theatre and thought you might like one too.

Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker

The new version of the Nutcracker has been two years in the making, and brings in a lot of modern theatrical techniques.  The new production is still set in a small German village and will tell E.T.A Hoffman’s traditional story set to the iconic Tchaikovsky score, but will use elaborately crafted and painted scenery combined with advanced techniques in lighting and video projection to enhance the magic of the story. Think the best of Broadway.

The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra will perform live at each of the 19 performances held at the Fox Theatre from Saturday, December 8, through Monday, December 24. Thank goodness. I saw the Nutcracker the year they cut the orchestra for budget reasons, and it just wasn’t the same.

How to Get Your Tickets to the Nutcracker

It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays. If you want the best seats in the house, you’ll want to purchase your Nutcracker tickets sooner rather than later.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 1.855.285.8499, in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office and the Atlanta Ballet Box Office, or online

For groups of ten or more, please call Atlanta Ballet Group Sales at 404.873.5811, ext. 207.

An Opening Night Gala will be held in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre, with tickets starting at $150. For more information about the Opening Night Gala, please contact

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