Hurricane Harvey hit Houston’s entire arts community hard, but the heaviest blow fell on the Wortham Theater Center, which is expected to remain closed until at least mid-May of next year. One significant byproduct of the damage has been the uncertain fate of Houston’s flagship performing-arts event of the holiday season, Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
The ballet put those questions to rest Monday afternoon, however, announcing that The Nutcracker will split its 2017-18 run between the William P. Hobby Center downtown and the brand-new Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, which opened this past January.
Dates of this year’s production will be December 10-23 in Sugar Land and December 30-January 6 at the Hobby. According to a statement from the ballet, subscribers already holding Nutcracker tickets will be notified of their options regarding the relocated performances. Tickets for either location start at $25 and go on sale to the general public this Saturday, October 14, at houstonballet.org.
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Among many other shows, the damage at the Wortham has also forced its other principal tenant, Houston Grand Opera, to relocate its upcoming production of Verdi’s La traviata to a makeshift theater inside the George R. Brown Convention Center known as “Resilience Hall.” Those performances run October 20 through November 11; see houstongrandopera.org for more information.