Joburg Ballet is leading the way into the festive season with a brand new production of The Nutcracker- a joyous, favourite and well-loved ballet, from 5 to 14 October at Joburg Theatre. Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music will be played live by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, so this is a treat for all dance lovers- not to be missed!

Choreographed by Angela Malan, former senior principal dancer with Joburg Ballet, The Nutcracker takes the audience to a fairy tale world, as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince dance through snowflakes, journey to the kingdom of sweets, encounter waltzing flowers and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“I want this production to showcase all the wonder and magic of The Nutcracker, while at the same time capturing the timelessness of the great classical ballet tradition,” said Malan. “I’m creating a sparkling new version for Joburg Ballet, while remaining faithful to the original 19th century classic.”


There are magnificent new sets and lighting by designer Wilhelm Disbergen and conductor Eddie Clayton will lead the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The JPO is generously sponsored for the season by The Michel Tesson Trust.

“I’m really looking forward to working with both South Africa’s premier ballet company and the finest orchestra in the country,” Clayton said. “This will be my first time conducting Tchaikovsky’s famous music and it promises to be a glorious and joyous production at Joburg Theatre.”


Joburg Ballet offers its usual range of affordable ticket options for The Nutcracker, including half price on opening night, two budget-priced morning matinees with all seats just R100* and discounts for pensioners and groups.

 PHOTOS: Lauge Sorensen

Photo 1: Savannah Ireland and Mahlatse Sachane- The Snow Queen and King

Photo 2: Armando Barros and Shannon Glover- Sugar Plum Fairy

Photo 3: Leusson Muniz and Nicole Ferreira-Dill- Snow Cavalier and Snow Queen

Dates, Times, Prices:
Fri 5 Oct. at 19:30 – Half Prices: R100, R138, R188, R205, R238
Sat 6 Oct., Fri 12 Oct., Sat 13 Oct. at 19:30; Sat 6 Oct., Sun 7 Oct., Sat 13 Oct., Sun 14 Oct. at 15:00 – Standard Prices: R200, R275, R375, R410, R475
Tues 9 Oct.* & Wed 10 Oct. at 11:00 – All tickets R100 (*Tues 9 Oct. at 11:00 to recorded music)
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)

Book now: At Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. +27(0) 861 670 670; or online at or Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at

*Please note the 11:00 performance on Tues 9 Oct. is without the JPO; the performance will be to recorded music for DVD filming purposes.


Joburg Ballet thanks Kaya FM and Creative Feel, our media partners, for their support, as well as  acknowledging  the support of the City of Johannesburg and all their Sponsors.



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