Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre | Nutcracker Ballet | Boston, MA
See The Nutcracker ballet at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre for one of the longest-running interpretations in New England. Learn more about our performances here.
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Nutcracker Ballet in Boston, MA


José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production honors the classical tradition while putting an innovative interpretation on this holiday icon. With performances at local schools as well as two incredible Boston theatres, everyone can be a part of the magic this holiday season!

History of The Nutcracker

Published in 1916, E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker and Mouse King is the source of inspiration for The Nutcracker ballet, set to Peter Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, first presented in St. Petersburg in 1892. The Nutcracker made its American debut in New York City in 1940.

Our Interpretation

José Mateo Ballet Theatre honors the classical tradition by continuing what may well be New England’s longest running interpretation of The Nutcracker ballet. Following its 1988 premiere in Fall River, various tours throughout the state with regular performances in Springfield, Worcester, and Lowell, and a ten-year run at Boston’s Emerson Majestic Theatre, the production quickly distinguished itself as one of the first versions anywhere to focus more on the dancing than on the usual caricatured mime, pomp, and special effects of its predecessors. Even the cast of over 100 children who play the Mice, Soldiers, Cherubs, Polichinelles, and Clara have substantial dancing roles.

While José Mateo Ballet Theatre takes pride in its ongoing mission to create new classical ballets, it is a pleasure to return each year to The Nutcracker as a salute to the traditional roots of the ballet form. After nearly a thousand performances over the last 30 years, we have created a tradition of our own. Families return year after year to revisit Mother Ginger and her children, the dancing snowflakes, the waltzing flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy with her cavalier.

Cutler Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont Street, Boston
November 30-December 8, 2019

Sat. Nov. 30 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 1 at 1:30 & 5:00 pm

Fri. Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm
Sat. Dec. 7 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 8 at 1:30 & 5:00 pm

Orchestra Rows AA-M – $80
Orchestra Rows N-Q – $57
Mezzanine Rows A-G – $57
Mezzanine Rows H-N – $45
Mezzanine Rows O & P – $25

Strand Theatre

543 Columbia Road, Dorchester
December 13-22, 2019

Fri. Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm
Sat. Dec. 14 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 15 at 1:30 & 5:00 pm

Fri. Dec. 20 at 7:30 pm
Sat. Dec. 21 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 22 at 1:30 & 5:00 pm

Orchestra Center – $80
Mezzanine Center Rows L-R – $80
Orchestra R & L – $57
Mezzanine R, L & Center Rows S-X – $57
Lower Balcony Center Rows AA & BB – $57
Lower Balcony R, L & Center Rows CC-GG – $45
Upper Balcony – $25


Make The Nutcracker a night to remember with friends, family, colleagues and other groups! Save $10 on the regularly priced $80, $57 or $45 tickets when you bring a group of 10 or more to a performance.

For more information, email or call 617-354-7467.


José Mateo Ballet Theatre will host three school-time performances at The Strand Theatre on December 17, 18 & 19. Tickets for school performances are $12 and are on sale now.  

For more information, contact or call 617-354-7467.