The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque is every wonderful, perverted, jolly thing you think it is and more.
The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque returns to the Den Theatre every Thurs in Dec for a fourth year of Christmas-themed debauchery. A sexy twist on the classic tale, the live performance is filled with burlesque, magic, sword balancing, circus, dance, and more! Tickets for this raunchy, holiday spectacle are on sale now.
Equal parts burlesque-cabaret and ballet-extravaganza, The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque is a hilarious holiday parody of the classic Nutcracker Suite. Think of Rocky Horror Picture Show but during Christmas and with (dare we say it?) more nudity. Follow Clara and her “Buttcracker” companion on a hallucinogenic trip from a boring holiday party to the Land of Sweets. There she battles rats and saves the day all while learning the value of body and sex positivity.
The alternative burlesque show is a big hit in Chicago that theatre fans look forward to every year. Critics and fans can’t get enough of this hilarious holiday performance. “This show energized me, made me giggle so much, and even made me cry!” said one audience member after watching the 2018 show. Urban Matter called it “a completely inappropriate tale of unimaginable naughtiness!” and the Windy Times praised it as a “gender-fluid body-positive manifesto!”
In addition to providing raunchy antics, the show is dedicated to promoting diversity in body, gender expression, sexuality, and race. The show uses parody to imagine a more inclusive world. By redefining the art of tease, The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque hopes to make burlesque more accessible for everyone. Now that’s sexy!
For an up-front-and-personal experience, consider purchasing a VIP ticket to the show, which grants you early entry, floor level seats, a souvenir pint glass, entry to Clara’ Holiday AfterParty, and more! Sip delicious drinks at the VIP bar while watching the funniest holiday show in Chicago then join the cast for an even more raucous afterparty. The show continues with one hour of curated artist performances for an intimate holiday treat!
The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque is a celebration of all things sexy, queer, raucous, and jolly! Get your tickets now!
All images and video courtesy of The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque. Feature photo by Karmen Elaine.