Friday, December 9Hampton Roads Weekly

Richmond Ballet Brings The Nutcracker Back to Hampton Roads December 6-8

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Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, will return to Chrysler Hall December 6 – 8 with the beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.  This season marks renowned Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett’s 40th time staging the show The New York Times calls one of the country’s “most perfect” Nutcracker productions.

Each year, an elite cast of over 100 hand-selected Hampton Roads and North Carolina ballet students perform alongside the professional dancers of Richmond Ballet along with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

The Nutcracker has four performances this year: December 6 at 7:00 p.m., December 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and December 8 at 2 p.m. There will be a special added “performer” during Friday’s opening show, WAVY-TV’s morning anchor Katie Collett. Collett, who was a dance student as a child, will join the dancers on stage for a cameo walk-on role during the first act.

On Saturday afternoon, guests can meet Clara and other characters from the Kingdom of Sweets at “Clara’s Tea Party,” an elegant seated tea held from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. following the matinee performance. Tea party tickets are only available as an add-on to the 2 p.m. show on December 7. 

Last but not least, for the third year in a row, Pupcracker returns with Richmond Ballet and the Virginia Beach SPCA. On Sunday, December 8, guests can meet with adoptable dogs before the show and during intermission. The dogs will also make an appearance on stage during the performance.

With its colorful sets, fanciful costumes and beloved characters, like the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mouse King, The Nutcracker continues to charm generations. Tickets for this timeless holiday favorite start at just $25. Purchase them at the Scope Arena Box Office, by phone at 800.745.3000 or by visiting For more information, visit