The Nutcracker

An NNTT original production of The Nutcracker – our gift to you this Christmas

The NNTT has made a tradition of staging The Nutcracker and Cinderella at the end of each year. The New National Theatre Ballet has always performed Vainonen's version of The Nutcracker, the first time being in December 1997. This time, the ballet will debut the NNTT version, directed and newly choreographed by Artistic Director Maki Asami. Maki's settings of La Bayadère, Raymonda, Swan Lake and La Dame aux Camélias have previously played at the NNTT to enthusiastic reviews. For this new production, the theatre has called in Olaf Zombeck to direct stage and costume design.
Zombeck has previously overseen stage and costume design for opera productions at the NNTT, namely La Chauve-souris (The Bat), Tannhäuser, and Elektra; now audiences will have the chance to see his talents on full display in a ballet production.
This fantastic and stunning production tells a story of the dreams and adventures of young girl. It promises to be a delight for those new to ballet and aficionados alike, and will become part of the NNT Ballet's growing repertoire.


On Christmas Eve, a splendid party was held around a large Christmas tree at Clara's house. She was very happy to receive a nutcracker doll from Mr. Drosselmeyer. But the wonderful Christmas day did not end with that gift. Late at night, the nutcracker doll, which fought against an army of mice, transformed itself into a handsome prince and invited Masha to the Land of Sweets...

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