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Total duration 2 h 20 min
1 intermission (25 min)
13 performances
24.11.2021 – 22.12.2021
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-109 €
Age limit 5 years

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without this ballet classic

The enchanting family favourite is back in the repertoire! The beloved ballet classic, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, is a cherished tradition for friends and families alike. Tchaikovsky’s familiar music, the magical sets, and the spectacular costumes whisk the audience miles away from the everyday worries.

The story begins when Klaara, who lives in the wintery Finnish town of Porvoo, is taken on a fairy-tale journey on Christmas night. She meets the army of mice, exotic visitors from faraway lands, and a prince turned into a nutcracker by a spell. The exciting plot twists of this ballet will grip visitors of all ages.

Age limit 5 years.

Performances and Tickets

2 h 20 min
1 intermission (25 min)
13 performances
24.11.2021 – 22.12.2021
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-109 €
Age limit 5 years
Wed 24.11.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Sat 27.11.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Sat 27.11.2021
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Tue 30.11.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Thu 2.12.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 4.12.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Sat 4.12.2021
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Sat 11.12.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Sat 11.12.2021
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Thu 16.12.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Fri 17.12.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Mon 20.12.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 40.00 €
Wed 22.12.2021
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €

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Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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Listen to the Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Audience feedback

Pähkinänsärkijä ja hiirikuningas; Yimeng Sun, Florian Modan

“I have seen the Nutcracker and the Mouse King countless times over nearly three decades, and every time it’s just as wonderful and affecting. The music, sets and dancers are all amazing.”

“I had dreamed of seeing the Nutcracker for many Christmases. Now that I’ve finally seen it, I can say it was even more fabulous than I ever expected!”

“As lovely as ever! Christmas can’t arrive without the Nutcracker.”

Creative team

Choreography
Wayne Eagling
Choreography, sets, costumes
Toer van Schayk
Music
Pjotr Tšaikovski
Lighting design
Steen Bjarke

Synopsis

Klaara, her younger brother Pekka and her older sister Liisa are getting ready for the Christmas feast. Families with their children arrive at the house where they live. The last people to arrive are old Mr Drosselmeier and his young nephew, a naval cadet. Drosselmeier, an eccentric and rather mysterious old man with a passion for clocks and all kinds of mechanical objects, holds the children in thrall with his conjuring tricks.

The room is full of friends and cousins of Klaara. Father Christmas comes in with the Christmas goat. At first the children are frightened but are delighted when they are given all kinds of presents. Drosselmeier and his nephew bring in a magic lantern. Using lantern sides Drosselmeier tells the story of the young Princess who rejects the Mouse King’s offer of a marriage because she has promised her heart to a handsome Prince. The Mouse King fights a duel with the Prince and the Prince is transformed into a wooden doll, a Nutcracker.

The story makes a deep impression on Klaara. She feels sorry for the Nutcracker doll and is immediately enchanted by him, but her heart is also won over by Drosselmeier’s nephew and, in her imagination, she identifies him with the bewitched Prince.

It is time for the children to go to bed. Klaara returns to the drawing room where she encounters the nephew who has forgotten his hat. In a romantic gesture she gives him her hair-ribbon as a keepsake. He is surprised, quite unaware that he had captured the young girl’s heart.

Klaara is put to bed and she dreams that the Mouse King appears in her room. Klaara jumps out of her bed and runs through the dark house in the drawing room to save the Nutcracker.

The room fills up with gruesome mice who chase after her. From the cupboard, which is gradually changing into a fort, the Nutcracker emerges. He, too, has grown much bigger and at first strikes fear into the mice.

There ensues a duel between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Nutcracker falls wounded. Pekka returns accompanied by mounted hussars, but to no avail: the Mouse King is too strong, the hussars cannot lift their heavy sabres and the mice and rats chase everyone away. Pekka and his soldiers are taken prisoners, leaving Klaara and the Nutcracker behind in despair.

Klaara dreams that the chains fall away and that a great love springs up between her and the Nutcracker. Once again she binds him up with a ribbon and puts him to bed. He then rises up and changes into a Prince with the same features as Drosselmeier’s nephew.

The Snow temporarily pushes the mice to the background. Drosselmeier appears with his magic lantern. Drosselmeier leads Klaara and the Nutcracker into the magic lantern.

Drosselmeier, Klaara and the Nutcracker arrive deep inside the magic lantern – this is Drosselmeier’s kingdom. Suddenly, however, the Mouse King and his rats fight their way into the magic lantern. Drosselmeier frightens them. Another duel takes place and the Nutcracker succeeds at last in killing the Mouse King. The mice all disappear and the spell is broken: the Nutcracker finally turns into the Prince for good.

The magic lantern brings Klaara and the Prince into strange countries. Klaara wakes up and Pekka comes in. Miraculously, they have had the same dream. They realize for the first time how much they care for each other.

The full synopsis and other background information will be available in the programme leaflet.

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Pähkinänsärkijä ja Hiirikuningas

“As I walked down the cobblestone streets of Porvoo, looking at the classic wood houses and the boats on the river, I came up with the notion of a wealthy shipowner as the father of little Klaara.”

– Choreographer, costume and set designer Toer van Schayk

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