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 the highlight of your holiday season!

Paramount Theatre
December 17, 2022 1PM & 5PM
December 18, 2022 1PM

*Click on the date above to purchase tickets.*

Dancer wearing a short pink dress with sparkly iridescent wings, leaping to the left.

Tips for purchasing tickets:
1. Click the seat(s) of your choice
2. Below the seating map, your choices will appear – click the drop down menu to select the desired ticket (Adult, Senior/Student/Junior)
3. Click “Buy” to be prompted through the rest of the process

*Groups of 10 or more get a 10% discount. The discount will be applied once you select “Pay” and before you enter your payment information. 

Plan your Trip!

HEALTH AND SAFTEY: The health and safety of our patrons, dancers and staff are our highest priority. We will adhere to all of the guidelines and best practices advised by health officials and continue to be agile in our response to changes. You can purchase with confidence knowing that should anything change, we will be flexible with your investment in us.

Please see the Paramount Theatre’s detailed Covid19 Safety Protocols.

BAGS: In order to provide a safe environment and expedite guest entry into the venue, the Paramount Theatre encourages guests to only bring essential items. Bags no larger than 18” x 12” x12” will be permitted inside the theatre. Bags must fit and be stored under your seat. All bags are subject to search.

PARKING:We suggest public transportation if possible (the Paramount is right off the 19th street BART station). If parking in the lot off Telegraph and 21st, reference the following tips: PARKING

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

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle

The Nutcracker leaping to the left in front of a line of dancing toy soldiers.

Special Events

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

Sweet Dreams Parties

Join us after our Matinees for sweet treats and a meet and greet opportunity with characters from The Nutcracker! Add on to your ticket for an additional $15! Limited availability. Option for add on will appear once you select seats and click “Buy.”

Alternate Ways To Purchase Tickets

By Telephone:

Please note tickets are only available online or via the phone number for a small additional fee. In person sales will only be available the day of the performance and the Oakland Ballet Office does not sell tickets directly.

Performance Information

Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.

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