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The Nutcracker is the most famous ballet in the US and much of the world, a ballet introduced in the US by the iconic George Balanchine. His adaptation of this ballet, often referred to as Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, is the most performed ballet in the US, a tradition that is part of Christmas with most ballets organizing performances during the Christmas holidays. It is therefore no surprise that each year thousands buy The Nutcracker tickets to see this ballet performed live, something everyone fond of the holidays and fine ballet should do.

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The Nutcracker was originally a Russian ballet choreographed by the legendary Lev Ivanov and Marius Petitpa. Its musical score was written by none other than Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is based originally upon The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffman, from which its libretto is adapted. This was a novel published during the nineteenth century in Russia that tells of a much darker tale than that told today in its fairy tale adaptations. The ballet premiered at the famous St Petersburg theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, in 1892, alongside Iolanta, a Tchaikovsky opera, on a double bill.
At the beginning, The Nutcracker was not much of a success though its musical score, particularly the twenty minute long suite by Tchaikovsky, gained much popularity. It would lead to many to adopt and adapt it worldwide. Later on, however, this ballet grew to become the most popular ballet in the world, with one of the most iconic musical compositions ever. This musical score is famous in the world of music for its use of the unique instrument, the celesta. It was preceded by The Sleeping Beauty, premiered in 1890, and followed by Cinderella in 1893.
The Nutcracker began when Ivan Vsevolozhsky, then the Imperial Theatres director, commissioned Tchaikovsky to compose a ballet and an opera as a double bill program. The opera went on to debut as Iolanta, alongside this ballet, and Tchaikovsky worked again with Marius Petipa, with whom he had crafted the masterpiece that was The Sleeping Beauty. It was Marius Petipa who chose The Tale of the Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas, itself an adaptation of the original E.T.A Hoffman masterpiece, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This story was then simplified somewhat into a beautiful ballet, for which cheap to The Nutcracker tickets are often available.
Outside of Russia, The Nutcracker was first performed in the UK in 1934 and then in 1940 in New York City by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, choreographed by Alexandra Fedorova. In 1944, the ballet was completely performed in the US, staged by William Christensen and the San Francisco Ballet. The version most popular today, George Balanchine’s staging, was performed in 1954 by the New York City Ballet, starting off the tradition of performing the ballet during Christmas.
From the sixties onwards, this ballet has been performed regularly in the US, often during Christmas. Many have ordered The Nutcracker tickets to catch the ballet live, with some traveling hundreds of miles to New York City to catch the New York City Ballet perform this iconic ballet. It has been adapted into five films, including an animated cartoon and has inspired over fifteen TV shows, including a Japanese anime series.

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