The Nutcracker

P.I. Tchaikovsky

ballet in two acts


Choreography - Kirill Simonov,  based on the L.I. Ivanov choreography (1892)

Libretto and stage plan by Marius Petipa based on E.-T.-A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"

Production Designer - Andrey Voitenko (St. Petersburg), based on ​​ M.I. Bocharov and K.M. Ivanov sketches (1892)

Costume Designer -  Irina Korovina (St. Petersburg), based on I.A. Vsevolozhsky ​​sketches (1892)

Conductors  - Viktor Levchuk, Vladimir Kulagin



The Nutcracker - Motoya Araki, Eugene Egorov, Takahiro Tsubo

Clara - Yuki Okochi, Lubov Zemlyanskaya

Fritz - Takahiro Tsubo, Alexander Shutov

Herr Drosselmyer - Viktor Andronov

Mouse King - Edward Demidov

P.I. Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker" is the most popular performance  in the Musical theatre repertoire, interesting both for children and adult lovers of classical ballet. Magical performance amazes by the beauty of dances,dynamic of action,beauty of costumes and scenery. Kirill Simonov production has already ranked among the best performances for children and youth. The choreographer himself and soloist Vladimir Varnava won the National Theatre Award "Harlequin". By staging "The Nutcracker" ballet Musical theatre has done a great job on the reconstruction of the ballet of the 19th century (Mariinsky Theatre, 1892. Staged by Lev Ivanov). Till now it was only beyond leading Russiann opera and ballet theatres power, such as Bolshoi and  Mariinsky. Simonov himself calls this performance rather his fantasy on the assigned topic than a reconstruction itself. For a hundred years the libretto and choreography of "The Nutcracker" has repeatedly changed and information about the first staging by Lev Ivanov almost did not survive. Descriptions of some dances, stage plan, set and costume designs, pictures of actors were obtained at the Museum of Theatre and Music in St. Petersburg and from foreign sources. Artists of the Mariinsky theatre, who have a great experience inold ballets  renovation, worked on the Musical theatre’s production - Andrei Voitenko (Production Designer), Irina Korovin (Costume Designer), Andrew Sevbo (making masks). The most complex costumes and unique mask s (the Nutcracker, the  Mouse King, mice) were made in the workshops of the Mariinsky theatre.


Premiere date: 24 December 2009

Duration:2 hours

For viewers over years old

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