Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker

Janáček Theatre / Ballet Dates and tickets

The Mouse King, Harlequin, Colombine and… The Nutcracker.

The story of Clara, which takes place on Christmas Eve, transports us from a joyous Christmas celebration into the magical world of Clara’s dreams. This version by a Canadian choreographer, Fernand Nault, was created in 1964 and since then Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has brought it to life every holiday season in Montreal. This production, with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music, magnificent sets and lavish costumes has been entertaining children for the past 50 years. Walk with us into this magical world. Let yourself be carried away on a sleigh to the Land of Snow. Dance among the Snowflakes. Be welcomed by the Candy Man in the Kingdom of Sweets. Enjoy meeting more than a hundred different characters performed by soloists and members of the Ballet NdB, students from the Dance Conservatory in Brno and the I. V. Psota Ballet School on our fairy tale journey of The Nutcracker. A fairy tale ballet for the whole family about the magic of Christmas.

Premiere: 10th of October 2014 at Janáček Theatre


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duration: 2 hours 15 min
one intermission 25 min
suitable for children of 4 years and older




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Poster photography: Ivan Pinkava

Poster design: Robert V. Novák

Performance pictures: Ctibor Bachratý

Video recording of the performance: Pavel Slavík

Director, writer, camera and editor of the profile videos: Kuba Jíra





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Production team

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Author / Music
Fernand Nault Choregraphy and Direction
André Laprise Staging
Pavel Šnajdr Conductor
Peter Horne Set Design
Ľudmila Várossová Costume Design
Jana Přibylová Assistant Choreographer
Jana Ruggieri Assistant Choreographer
Ivan Příkaský Assistant Choreographer
Gustavo Beserra Quintans Assistant Choreographer
Alena Kolegarová Stage Manager


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