Piece Name Nutcracker, The
Piece Alternate Name Shchelkunchik (Title in original language)
Creation Date 1892
Creator Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Composer
Associated Performing Art(s) Ballet
Characters in Piece Clara , Nutcracker , Mother Buffoon , King of the Mice , Cavalier Clara
Plot A young girl receives a toy nutcracker during a Christmas party. During her dreams that night, the Nutcracker and her other toys come alive to wage battle with mice. Clara and her Nutcracker are victorious, and the rest of the story is filled with a fantasy about winter beauty and sugary sweets.
Notes Based on the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffman. First performed in St. Petersburgh at the Maryinsky Theatre in 1892, the Nutcracker was introduced to the US during the San Francisco Ballet's first American full-length production of the ballet in 1944. Since then, it has become a Christmas tradition in the US. SFPALM

Associated Items

Associated Productions 1944Dec24, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Ballet, Nutcracker, The
Performances of the piece 1003948, 1003949, 1003950