St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

The Nutcracker

ballet by Vasily Vainonen set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Performance by the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre


Soloists of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre


Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Vasily Vainonen
Libretto by Marius Petipa after the tale Nußknacker und Mausekönig by E. T. A. Hoffmann, revised version by Vasily Vainonen
Sets and costumes designed by Vladimir Firer and Alexander Khramtsov
Lighting Designer: Yevgeny Ganzburg

About the production

Audiences throughout the world have long associated the fantasy féerie that is The Nutcracker with the magic of Christmas and New Year holidays. At any season, however, this ballet draws millions of admirers of the art of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Ivanovich Petipa, thanks to whose collaboration we owe the existence of this renowned stage masterpiece. It is based on Hoffmann's German tale Nußknacker und Mausekönig, which details the victory of love over the powers of Evil. The choreographer Vasily Vainonen, who created his own version of The Nutcracker, conceived an ideal production for children, although adults, too, enjoy watching the story unfold. Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, the subtle psychology and the bold theatre directing together with the beautiful costumes and original pas performed by virtuoso dancers render this ballet one of the most well-loved and eagerly-anticipated productions of the theatre season.

The performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes
The performance has two intervals

Established in 1969 by Leonid Veniaminovich Yakobson, the St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre rightly bears the name of its founder and carefully preserves the traditions he laid down. Today the company is developing several trends in its repertoire – the classics, Leonid Yakobson’s own works and productions by contemporary Russian choreographers. The theatre’s work has received a special prize from the Golden Mask festival jury (for the production The Wedding Cortege), St Petersburg’s highest theatre prize the Golden Sofit and the Taglioni Prize, established in 2014 by the Vladimir Malakhov Foundation (for the programme Classical Miniatures by Leonid Yakobson). The company performs at various theatres in St Petersburg, appears at major international festivals and performs in towns and cities throughout Russia, France, Italy, Spain, the USA, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland, Belarus and Estonia.


Artistic Director – Honoured Artist of Russia, Andrian Fadeyev

Age category 6+

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