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Nutcracker coupons and discounts help consumers save money on Nutcracker ballet performances nationwide, and are available online as coupon codes from select coupon websites. Savings are available in the form of discount tickets from ticketing websites like Stub Hub and Ticket Luck. Additional Nutcracker discounts are offered in the form of group savings and early performance promotions.
|First Nutcracker performance||1892 in Moscow|
|U.S. performances||New York Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet|
|Types of coupons||Coupon codes, discount tickets, group discounts|
|AAA discount?||Yes, for some performances. For example, AAA members save 10% on tickets purchased by phone or online with code AAAOK for the Tulsa Ballet performance.|
|AARP discount?||Yes, for select performances. For example, AARP members in Nevada have saved 10% on tickets to the Nevada Ballet's Nutcracker.|
|Military discount?||Yes, for select performances. For example, military discounts are offered for military personnel from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet|
About the Nutcracker
The Nutcracker ballet is based on the book The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, written by E.T.A. Hoffman. The basic premise follows a young German girl's dreams of a Nutcracker Prince, and a battle with a Mouse King that has seven heads. First performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in Moscow, The Nutcracker was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, with music composed by Tchaikovsky. Although Nutcracker performances continue to feature the music of Tschaikovsky, the choreographer sometimes differs.
Nutcracker Coupons and Free Offers
The official websites of ballet companies that present the performance may feature details about coupons and Nutcracker ballet ticket discounts. The official websites of the venues that host performances may also post promotional offers and deals. For example:
- Some ballet companies and venues may offer a free online newsletter that consumers have the option to join. Subscribers typically receive performance news and discount offers by e-mail. For example, the Boston Ballet offers a free eNews list. Consumers who sign up for it receive discount information as well as news on the ballet's dancers.
- The Boston Ballet offers a 10 percent ticket discount to first time ticket buyers. Some restrictions may apply. Information is available under the "Offers" section on the ballet's official website.
- Some official websites also have a section for special offers and discounts, as well as package deals. For example, the New York City Ballet offers package deals that include a 15 percent discount at the ballet's gift shop and a free souvenir book. In addition, for every two tickets purchased, guests receive a voucher for a free keepsake photo with a Nutcracker character.
- Some ballet companies and venues offer special discount rates for customers that are attending the ballet with a group of more than 10 to 20 people. Savings usually include dollars off each ticket when purchased or booked in advance. For example, the Boston Ballet offers group Nutcracker discounts starting at $38 for those visiting with 10 or more people. Group discounts are also available for 10 or more people for the Houston Ballet.The Pacific Northwest Ballet also offers group discounts of 10 percent to 15 percent off.
- Select ballet companies may offer Nutcracker discounts for opening weekend, as well as discounts for members of AAA, military personnel, fire fighters, police officers, students, or teachers. For example:
- The New York City Ballet offers discounted tickets for students. The cost is $20 per ticket.
- Select performances of the Houston Ballet's Nutcracker are discounted each year. For example, in 2013 discount performances took place on November 29, 30, and December 1, 8, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 27.
Nutcracker Ticket Discounts
- Discount Nutcracker tickets are sometimes available through discount ticket websites like Ticket Loot, Stub Hub, and Ticket Luck. All these websites allow consumers to buy and sell discount tickets, including Nutcracker tickets.
- Another way for consumers to save is by purchasing tickets from consumers through eBay or Craigslist. Depending on supply and demand for the particular Nutcracker performance, consumers sometimes sell their tickets on these websites at discounted prices. In addition, those purchasing the tickets may be able to negotiate a lesser price.
2013 Nutcracker Ballet Performances
In 2013, The Nutcracker was performed by several ballet companies in the United States.
- The San Francisco Ballet - Performances began on December 11 and extended through December 29. Choreography was presented by Helgi Tomasson. Additional information is provided on sfballet.org.
- The New York City Ballet - Performances were scheduled from November 29 through January 4. The choreography was presented by George Balanchine. Additional information is available at nycballet.com.
- The Pacific Northwest Ballet - Performances took place from November 30 through December 29, with choreography by Kent Stowell. Additional information is available through pnb.org.
- Houston Ballet - Performances extended from November 29 through December 29, with a total running time of one hour and 55 minutes. Choreography was presented by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Additional ticketing and information is available at houstonballet.org.
- Boston Ballet - Performances started on November 29 and extended through December 29. The performance lasted two hours and included one intermission. The choreography was presented by Mikko Nissinen. Information and tickets are available at bostonballet.org.
- Joffrey Ballet in Chicago - Performances took place from December 6 through December 28. Additional information and tickets are available through joffrey.org.
- The Washington Ballet - Performances were scheduled from November 30 through December 29, and featured choreography by Septime Webre. Additional ticketing and show information is available through washingtonballet.org.
- The Pennsylvania Ballet - Performances were scheduled from December 7 through December 29, with choreography by George Balanchine. Performances were two hours in length and took place at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Additional details are available at www.paballet.org.
- The Colorado Ballet - Nutcracker performances ran from November 30 through December 28 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Additional information is provided by coloradoballet.org.
The Nutcracker: New York City Ballet
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