With its Christmas setting and Peter Tchaikovsky's glorious music, The Nutcracker is one of the most famous and beloved ballets in the international repertoire. The Stuttgart Ballet has - surprisingly - not performed a full-length version of this classical ballet for over 50 years. Artistic Director Tamas Detrich has therefore commissioned a spectacular new production from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Edward Clug with sets and costumes by the legendary designer Jürgen Rose. Using E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastical short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” as their inspiration, Clug and Rose newly interpret this marvelous classic.
The plot: Clara receives a nutcracker as a Christmas present from her godfather Mr. Drosselmeier. The Nutcracker is actually the enchanted nephew of Mr. Drosselmeier, who has been cursed by the evil Mouse King. Despite his grotesque appearance, Clara falls in love with the Nutcracker. Can Clara and the Nutcracker defeat the Mouse King? Can Clara save the Nutcracker and free him from his ugly wooden shell? Who can help her?
This new version, like many others, also offers plenty of roles for children: a perfect opportunity to involve the young talents of the John Cranko School. One thing is certain: This enchanting family ballet is perfect for the holiday season.