Though not initially a success, The Nutcracker has gone on to become a holiday classic. The two-act ballet was originally adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. In the 1960s, the show gained immense popularity, and is now performed by ballets around the world, especially during the Christmas season.
Great Russian Nutcracker, performed by the Moscow Ballet in an annual North American tour, is somewhat different from the traditional Nutcracker story performed by most ballet companies. The first half of the show is the same, but rather than visiting the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and her Prince travel to the Land of Peace and Harmony, keeping with the company's theme of international and cultural unity. Get Great Russian Nutcracker tickets to see the accomplished principal dancers. There are many versions of The Nutcracker to choose from, and this show is truly magical.