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The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol

The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Enjoy the Christmas magic!

The National Theatre
For the whole family
Popular title
Traditional adaptation
Famous draft

Basic information


The National Theatre

Approximate running time

2 hours, 1 intermission 20 minutes


December 9, 2004

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 a virtual present. 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 …


  • 2021-2022


Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is one of the fixed stars of the classical repertoire of ballet ensembles. Since its premiere in 1892 it has undergone many changes in both the dramaturgical and choreographic conception, yet its popularity among children and adults alike has been constantly growing.

The Hungarian choreographer and former Artistic Director of Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Youri Vàmos, was inspired by Charles Dickens’s fairy tale and introduced a new staging version of this ballet. The story takes place in 19th-century London and tells of the magic of Christmas in transforming human character.

We firmly believe that this performance will further enrich the festive Christmas atmosphere and will be a beautiful present not only for our youngest audience members.

Orchestra of the National Theatre
Prague Philharmonic Children´s Choir 
The Czech National Ballet and students of Ballet Preparatory School of The Czech National Ballet

photo: Martin Divíšek, Serghei Gherciu


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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre offers tickets for August –⁠ November 2021

Tickets for November on sale from August1st.

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

Parking at the National Theater

While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.


What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Buffets at the National Theater

No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!