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The premiere performance of The Nutcracker in Russia (1892)

The premiere performance of The Nutcracker in Russia (1892)

The world premiere of The Nutcracker took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1892.  TThe original production was unsuccessful, but the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet became very popular. In 1919 choreographer Alexander Gorsky staged a new version of The Nutcracker with different scenario, roles and other dance order. The first performance of The Nutcracker outside Russia took place in England in 1934.  Annual performances of the ballet have been staged there since 1952.

The Nutcracker has gained enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by hundreds ballet companies all over the world, primarily during the Christmas season.

Activity Ideas:

  • Point those toes with your very own ballet exercise session – here
  • Learn the ballet terms with our Ballet Glossary activity – here
  • Explore the Royal Ballet School with our activity – here
  • Watch a performance of the Nutcracker – here