Nutcracker Ballet is the Latest Holiday Classic to Go Online; Here’s How to Watch It and What It Costs

“The Nutcracker”, choreography © The George Balanchine Trust, New York City Ballet. Photograph by Erin Baiano.

By Carol Tannenhauser

Few performances are more synonymous with a New York City Christmas than The Nutcracker.

Set to the soul-stirring music of Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky, performed by the New York City Ballet (NYCB), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will be available for streaming from December 11th through January 3rd, via a partnership between NYCB and Marquee TV. Marquee is an on-demand streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. Tickets are $25. You do not need a subscription nor to buy one for Marquee to purchase a ticket.

Maria Kowroski as the Sugarplum Fairy. Photograph by Erin Baiano.

“Each year New York City Ballet’s live performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® provide a vital introduction to ballet for countless children who attend performances with their families, or attend special matinees for students from New York City’s public schools,” said Katherine Brown, Executive Director of NYCB, in a press release, which shared the following history:

NYCB’s landmark version of the Balanchine favorite, which The New York Times has called ‘the gold standard’ Nutcracker, premiered on February 2, 1954 and helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States. A signature event of the holiday season in New York City, with the exception of the 2020 season when performances were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the treasured classic had been performed by NYCB every year since its premiere more than 65 years ago.

Filmed during the Company’s 2019 season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the Marquee TV broadcast features NYCB Principal Dancers Maria Kowroski as the Sugarplum Fairy, Tyler Angle as Her Cavalier, Megan Fairchild as Dewdrop, and more than 50 dancers from NYCB, the largest dance organization in America and one of the world’s greatest ballet companies. The production also features the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra under the direction of NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton, and more than 60 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of NYCB.

Megan Fairchild, center, as the Dewdrop. Photograph by Erin Baiano.

You can purchase a ticket to The Nutcracker at marquee.tv/nycbnutcracker, or through in-app purchase via Apple and Android devices. This will allow you to enjoy the performance on all of Marquee TV’s apps, including browser, iOS, Apple TV, Android TV, Android, Fire TV, Roku, and the soon-to-be-released Samsung app. You can start the performance at your own convenience from December 11th to January 3, and have 48 hours to finish watching after first play. Marquee TV’s apps also include AirPlay and Chromecast support.

ART, NEWS | 3 comments | permalink
    1. dc says:

      Thank you!

    2. Wendy says:

      saw the 2019 production – it was wonderful. Clara was played by a dancer of color (I think for the first time).

    3. Joy Bolger says:

      ( 12-14-2020)
      Very much appreciate BOTH/ALL clarity of this article in terms of how this works – eg answering my question re: Marquee subscription ( May get a Marwuee subscription in future– simply did not want another subscription at This time)–
      and of course the work of NYCB , those that bring it to us and Petipa, Tchaikovsky etc in past.