American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker Returns in 2021

American Repertory Ballet proudly announces the return of The Nutcracker this holiday season!  Performances kick off at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, November 26 through 28, and continue through December with stops at the Union County Performing Arts Center, the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, and State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick.

“Nothing speaks to this time of year more than the music, the spectacle, the smiles on children’s faces and spending time with family, than The Nutcracker,” says Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel. “ARB has not performed this holiday favorite for nearly two years, and the dancers are eager to bring its magic and joy back to the stage.” 

The Nutcracker tells the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle toy soldiers and larger-than-life mice, and travel through a whirlwind of dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets. Greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, Clara enjoys a suite of brilliant and joyful dances before opening her eyes to the familiar sights of her own home. Was it all a dream?

“The excitement and wonder of this heartwarming production feels more meaningful than ever this holiday season,” says Executive Director Julie Diana Hench.  A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.

Visit to purchase tickets. Call 609. 921.7758 for more information. 

American Repertory Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER

McCarter Theatre Center | Princeton, NJ
Friday, November 26  2:00 PM
Friday, November 26  7:30 PM
Saturday, November 27 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 27  7:30 PM
Sunday, November 28 1:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center | Rahway, NJ 
Friday, December 3  7:30 PM
Sunday, December 5  1:00 PM (Sensory Friendly)  

Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial | Trenton, NJ
Saturday, December 11  1:00 PM 
Saturday, December 11  5:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey | New Brunswick, NJ 
Friday, December 17  7:30 PM
Saturday, December 18  2:00 PM
Saturday, December 18 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 19   1:00 PM
Sunday, December 19    5:00 PM

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

The health and safety of our audience members, artists, and staff are of the utmost importance. All patrons attending a performance must show proof of vaccination via a vaccine card, or through NJ’s Docket App, or a negative COVID-19 PCR. Please check each venue’s website for more information.  

All patrons are required to wear masks at all times while inside the venue regardless of  vaccination status. This includes children older than 2 who have not been vaccinated.  

About American Repertory Ballet

American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to students through artistic and educational programs. Founded as the Princeton Ballet Society in 1954, the organization now comprises: the preeminent professional ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the most established non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. In July 2021, ARB welcomed its new Artistic Director, Ethan Stiefel. To learn more, visit

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