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Total duration 2 h 20 min
1 intermission (35 min)
11 performances
3.12.2022 – 22.12.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-119 €
Age limit 5 years

Magic that never loses its charm

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.

Tickets to performances in autumn will go on sale 6 April at noon.

Performances and tickets

2 h 20 min
1 intermission (35 min)
11 performances
3.12.2022 – 22.12.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-119 €
Age limit 5 years
Sat 3.12.2022
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Sat 3.12.2022
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Wed 7.12.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 8.12.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 10.12.2022
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Sat 10.12.2022
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Mon 12.12.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Wed 14.12.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Fri 16.12.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Wed 21.12.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 22.12.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €

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Pähkinänsärkijä ja hiirikuningas

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. Drosselmeier 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.

Klaara 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. He is 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.

There ensues a duel between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. However, the Mouse King is too strong and Klaara and the Nutcracker are taken prisoners.

The nightmare turns into a beautiful dream in which everything’s fine. Drosselmeier turns the Nutcracker into a handsome prince with the same features as Drosselmeier’s nephew. The Snow pushes the mice to the background. 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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“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.”

– AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

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Creative team

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

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It's time to celebrate!

The Finnish National Ballet celebrates its centenary in 2022. The production is part of the centenary programme of events.

We also celebrate the centenary online. Read about the twists and turns of the ballet company, browse videos from over the decades, and discover the spring season’s centenary programme.

Complete the experience with refreshments

What can we get you?

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.