Ballet The National Theatre

The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Libretto: Petr Zuska, Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
Choreography & Stage direction: Petr Zuska
Conductor: Václav Zahradník
Sets: Pavel Svoboda
Costumes: Alexandra Grusková
Lighting design: Daniel Tesař
Animation: Šimon Koudela, Karel Mařík

By buying a ticket for this performance you will support the Dance Career Foundation and thus help dancers, either in changing their profession or their further advancement, education and retraining.

After 10 years of performing the stage director and choreographer Youri Vàmos’s singular and extremely successful version, we are preparing a brand-new production, created by Petr Zuska, Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet. The legendary Christmas tale, based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s spellbinding story and adapted by the choreographer Marius Petipa, will be presented in a new, original spirit.

A story abounding in poetics, humour, images and magic will unfurl to the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s celebrated and sublime music. The magic of winter, Advent and Christmas, the mystery of Prague, Czech and Central European Yuletide traditions, and, naturally, unlimited freedom, imagination of the child’s soul and dreams.

Photo: Martin Divíšek, Pavel Hejný

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, one 20-minute intermission


This production is not performed at the present time.