"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" is a story written by E. T. A. Hoffmann, in which young Marie Stahlbaum's favourite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.
In 1892, the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky turned the adaptation of the story into the ballet "The Nutcracker" and made it one of the favourite Christmas fairy tales in the world.
The production of 274 Theatre is making the most of the legendary Christmas story and the amazing music by Tchaikovsky with presenting an original text adaptation and musical transcription for piano made by Mikhail Pletnev. The music is performed by a Russian London based pianist Konstantin Lapshin. The amazing live visual sand performance to accompany the story is created by one of the leading sand animators in the Europe Alyona Voynova (Germany).
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