The Nutcracker

ACO Families: The Nutcracker

Join Clara and her Nutcracker on a magical journey in this stunning adaptation featuring live classical music and ballet. Created in collaboration with David McAllister.


This event is sold out (check tickets button for rare returned tickets). Our next ACO Families show is How To Catch a Star on 6 – 11 July 2024.


Join Clara in an enchanted dreamland as she befriends the Nutcracker and goes on a magical Christmas Eve journey in this exciting new ACO Families production.

In a collaboration with David McAllister (former Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet), this clever adaptation of the much-loved ballet will bring together music, dance, and theatre in an immersive experience for young audiences.

The ACO’s The Nutcracker is the perfect introduction to live classical music and ballet, guaranteed to captivate and delight the whole family this festive season.

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Relaxed Performance - Visual Story


Artistic Advisor: David McAllister
Director: Elsie Edgerton-Till
Choreographer: Ella Havelka
Musical Arranger:  Bernard Rofe
Production Designer: Isabella Andronos
Lighting Designer: Morgan Moroney
Production and Stage Manager: Jessica Henley-Sadgrove
Original Script: George Kemp

Sama Rowe, Clara
Todd Sutherland, The Nutcracker
Charles Wu, Drosselmeyer/Narrator
Mark Ingwersen, violin
Caroline Hopson, violin
Meagan Tuner, viola
Beth Condon, viola
Heather Lindsay, cello
Paul Ghica, cello
Catherine Davis, celeste


Duration: 30 minutes. Plus, enjoy free creative play activities in the foyer before and after the performance.

Recommended for: children aged 2 - 8 and their families. (Children under 2-years are free on a parent's lap).

Location: The Neilson at ACO Pier 2/3. Click here for venue information and location.