Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker - Christmas 2O21

Wed 01 Dec to Fri 31 Dec 2021

Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees on selected dates (see performance schedule below)

Running time (approx.): 2 hours 20 minutes

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

From £19.50*

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends Discount

20% off Wed 8 and Wed 15 December

Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker

A magical family adventure

Costumes plucked from the most gorgeous chocolate box; Tchaikovsky’s score to transport you to a land of dreams; and a story lifted straight from the pages of a classic fairy tale.

We follow Clara on a journey through the worlds of her imagination, as she drifts off to sleep on Christmas Eve. She meets the dashing Nutcracker Prince, takes on the larger-than-life Rat King, and is whisked into the luscious land of sweets by the Sugar Plum Fairy!

This winter, banish the dark skies and enjoy a visual feast as we take you and your family on a fantastical adventure. With choreography by Scottish Ballet founder Peter Darrell, and live music played by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, this ever-popular ballet is the perfect Christmas treat.


Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker was rescheduled from Christmas 2020 to Christmas 2021 due to Covid-19. If you have tickets booked or reserved, your tickets will be automatically transferred, and a member of our Box Office will be in touch with your new ticket details.

Please Note: If you choose to have your tickets posted, this will take longer than normal and may take a few weeks. As an alternative, please consider using e-tickets, or printing your tickets at home.

The highlighted performance on Thu 16 Dec at 2.30pm is the inclusive performance.

Friends 20% off Wed 8 and Wed 15 December only

Groups (8+) £6 off Stalls and Dress, eves only (excl. Sat & Sun performances and 24 & 31 December performances) Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,

Concessions £3 off (excl. Sat & Sun performances and 24 & 31 December performances). Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000, by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003, or emailed at

From Monday 28 June 2021, the Box Office phones will be open Mon-Fri, 11-3pm.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

Capital Theatres aim to be accessible to all. We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 


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