The Nutcracker was written in 1816 by Prussian author E.T.A. Hoffman.
The Nutcracker is a story where a favourite Christmas toy, a Nutcracker, comes to life.
After defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, the Nutcracker whisks Clara away to the magical kingdom populated by dolls.
In 1892, the Russian composer Pyatr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanou turned Alexander Dumas’ adaptation of the story into the Ballet, The Nutcracker.
Our favourite character is the Mouse King!