Along with chestnuts, turkey and Carols from King’s, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. It has become a staple part of the festive season and one of the joys of any performance is in watching the excited reactions of children to what is often their first exposure to the art form.
The ballet received its première at the Mariinsky Theatre on 18 December 1892, part of a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta. It was not an immediate success – indeed, Iolanta initially fared much better, although its star has since waned.
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