The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol live on ČT art


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For the whole family
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Enjoy the magic of Christmas with The Czech National Ballet on Monday 21 December 2020 at 20.00

The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol live on ČT art

Cast of the main roles:
Scrooge – Marek Svobodník
Clara Cratchit / Clara in dream – Ayaka Fujii
Mrs Cratchit / Christmas Fairy – Nikola Márová
Bob Cratchit / Devil – Patrik Holeček
Policeman Bobbie / Nutcracker – Adam Zvonař

Fairy tales are as much part of Christmas as art and mutual sharing of experience. The Czech National Ballet and Czech Television have prepared for you an extraordinary present: on 21 December from 8 pm the ČT Art channel will broadcast live the ballet The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol. The dancers will perform on the National Theatre stage before an empty auditorium, yet they will be acutely aware that the beauty and the message of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece will transcend the theatre itself, allowing the viewers to savour the true magic of Christmas …

The Czech National Ballet will be live streaming the performance simultaneously on official YouTube channel Balet Národního divadla / Czech National Ballet at the same time. Ballet lovers will also be able to watch a recording of the performance on Czech Television’s iVysílání online platform and on our YouTube channel until 27 December 2020.

"A magical family adventure during Christmas times is to be seen at the National Theatre. We are happy to bring this virtual present to our audiences at home, and sad at the same time – that our artists (dancers, musicians) are unable to connect again during the live time performances. All the best wishes and happy New Year 2021." says Filip Barankiewicz, the Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet.

“The Nutcracker’s sublime music and magical story has moved people worldwide for almost 130 years. The annual Advent performances of the ballet at the National Theatre always play to a full house and provide tremendous entertainment for the whole family. I am pleased that this year we can make their dream come true at least in the form of live broadcast. Czech Television’s ČT art channel offers myriad high-quality programmes at Christmas, yet the Czech National Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of our festive menu,” says Tomáš Motl, the Executive Director of Czech Television’s ČT art channel.

For 16 years, performances of The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, as choreographed by Youri Vàmos, have been part and parcel of the National Theatre’s Christmas tradition. What is more, the Czech National Ballet and Czech Television’s present symbolically expresses that giving joy is meaningful and of great importance in happy and difficult times alike.

Orchestra of the National Theatre
Kühn's Children's Choir
The Czech National Ballet and students of Ballet Preparatory School of The Czech National Ballet