The Nutcracker

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker

The spirit of the holidays is brought to life with beautiful dancing, magnificent scenery and imaginative costumes. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King and then soar with our dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where luscious treats await. The Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir bring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life. Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker will be highlight of your holiday season!

Paramount Theatre
December 18, 2021 1PM
December 18, 2021 5PM
December 19, 2021 1PM

“Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s production will disarm the most jaded soul and fascinate the youngest viewers.”

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle

Special Events

Celebrate the season with Oakland Ballet at one of our special Nutcracker season events!

Encore Reception

Mingle with the Oakland Ballet dancers and Artistic Director Graham Lustig after the performance while you enjoy champagne and nibble on delectable holiday treats. (Separate ticket required to attend the Nutcracker performance.)

Sweet Dreams Parties

Meet your favorite characters from Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker while you enjoy enticing refreshments straight from the Land of the Sweets. Bring your camera for pictures with the Sugarplum Fairy and her Nutcracker friends. (Separate ticket required to attend the Nutcracker performance.

Alternate Ways To Purchase Tickets

In Person:
Save yourself Ticketmaster service charge fees and enjoy the benefit of selecting your favorite seats with the assistance of the Paramount’s knowledgeable staff.

Visit the Paramount Theater Box Office on 21st Street between Broadway and Telegraph

Box Office Hours
Tuesdays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fridays from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Two hours prior to scheduled performances.
Closed on federal holidays.

By Telephone:
All telephone orders are placed through Ticketmaster
Call 1-800-745-3000
Service charges vary according to event

Performance Information

Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
Children 2 and under do not require a separate seat.

No outside food or beverage allowed.

“Lustig administers a series of tiny astonishments: comic touches, ironic twists to tradition, moments that reveal character or render the music in jewel-like images.”

Carla Escoda, The Huffington Post