The Nutcracker

 The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.

Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.


Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/26/2014 7:00PM
State Theatre - Cleveland, Cleveland
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Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 2:00PM
State Theatre - Cleveland, Cleveland
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Northeast Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 2:00PM
Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth
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Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 7:00PM
State Theatre - Cleveland, Cleveland
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San Diego Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 7:00PM
Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs
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Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 7:30PM
Boston Opera House, Boston
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Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 7:30PM
Brown Theater at Wortham Center, Houston
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Northeast Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 7:30PM
Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth
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Pacific Northwest Ballet: Stowell & Sendak's Nutcracker 11/28/2014 7:30PM
Mccaw Hall, Seattle
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Texas Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker 11/28/2014 8:00PM
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
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Northeast Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/29/2014 10:00AM
Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth
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Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/29/2014 1:00PM
Boston Opera House, Boston
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Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/29/2014 1:00PM
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver
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Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 11/29/2014 2:00PM
Brown Theater at Wortham Center, Houston
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