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Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
London

Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns to launch the festive season

By , 03 December 2018
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Kansas City Ballet in The Nutcracker © Brett Pruitt
Kansas City

A Nutcracker in Wonderland from Kansas City Ballet

By , 01 December 2018
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Scene from Lovette's Le Jeune © Marty Sohl
New York City

American Ballet Theatre: Present and Future

By , 27 October 2018
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Wagga Wagga

Clara captivates in Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker

By , 09 April 2018
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© Veronyc Vachon
Montreal

Three reasons to see a Sunday matinée of Casse Noisette

By , 17 December 2017
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Guilherme Menezes (the Nutcracker) and Shiori Kase (Clara) in ENB’s Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet: The Nutcracker

By , 13 December 2017
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Rubén Martín Cintas in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tommason
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker an oasis of delight

By , 13 December 2017
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Sophie Martin (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Christopher Harrison (The Nutcracker) © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a festive delight at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

By , 09 December 2017
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Sarah Lamb (The Sugar Plum Fairy) in The Nutcracker © Karolina Kuras | ROH, 2017
London

A cloud of glitter: Sir Peter Wright's Nutcracker returns to The Royal Ballet

By , 05 December 2017
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© Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy of Boston Ballet
Boston

The Nutcracker: Boston Ballet's elegant take on a Christmas classic

By , 03 December 2017
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Yen Han, Matthew Knight (Clowns) and Willian Moore (Nutcracker) © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

A mix of soap and sweetmeats: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King in Zurich

By , 14 October 2017
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© Damir Yusupov | Bolshoi Theatre
Moscow

Musicality over Christmas glitters in the Bolshoi's Nutcracker

By , 23 December 2016
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© Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Florence

A Nutcracker cracking at the seams in Florence

By , 22 December 2016
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© Laurent Liotardo
London

Confusion in the chocolate box: a return for Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker at ENB

By , 14 December 2016
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Ruben Martin (Drosselmeyer) and company in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet brings on the holidays with Tomasson's elegant, classic Nutcracker.

By , 10 December 2016
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New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's The Nuctcracker © Paul Kolnik
New York City

The magic of The Nutcracker at NYC Ballet

By , 25 November 2016
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Francesca Hayward (Clara) © ROH | Tristram Kenton (2015)
London

Sparkle and glamour: The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker heralds the festive season

By , 23 November 2016
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Ogulcan Borava (Herr Drosselmeyer) and artists of Cincinnati Ballet © Peter Mueller
Washington

The Nutcracker: A Midwinter Night’s Dream

By , 23 November 2016
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Sonya Yoncheva (Iolanta), Vito Priante (Ibn-Hakia), Marion Barbeau (Marie) et al © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Tcherniakov triumphs with Iolanta, but hobbles Nutcracker at the Garnier

By , 11 March 2016
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© Damir Yusupov
Moscow

After a half century, the Bolshoi's Nutcracker continues to enchant

By , 19 December 2015
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<span>Val Caniparoli in Tomasson's Nutcracker</span> © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker ushers in the holiday

By , 16 December 2015
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Shiori Kase (Clara) and James Forbat (Nutcracker) © Laurent Liotardo
London

Good things in English National Ballet's flawed Nutcracker at the Coliseum

By , 16 December 2015
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Mother Ginger and the polichinelles, scene from Ratmansky's the Nutcracker © Gene Schiavone
Costa Mesa

Ratmansky’s Nutcracker: Beautiful dancing and design, but a missed opportunity

By , 11 December 2015
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Francesca Hayward (Clara) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

Let it snow! Christmas arrives in Covent Garden with The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker

By , 08 December 2015
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The Washington Ballet in The Nutcracker © media4artists, Theo Kossenas
Washington

Frenetic but fun: Septime Webre's Nutcracker for the Washington National Ballet

By , 05 December 2015
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Joshua Grant and Joh Morrill in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™,  © The George Balanchine Trust © Angela Sterling
Seattle

Pacific Northwest Ballet's debut of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

By , 28 November 2015
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© Bruce Zinger
Toronto

National Ballet of Canada's slippery Nutcracker

By , 13 December 2014
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Ricardo Bustamante in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker ushers in the holiday season

By , 12 December 2014
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Scene from The Nutcracker © Rosalie O'Connor
New York City

Murphy and Whiteside magical in ABT’s last NYC Nutcracker run

By , 12 December 2014
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© Photography by ASH
London

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker: nearly there.

By , 11 December 2014
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Marcelo Gomes and Veronika Part © Gene Schiavone
Tokyo

American Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker in Japan

By , 20 February 2014
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Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker © Darren Makoivichuk.
Calgary

A Stripe version of The Nutcracker by Alberta Ballet

By , 24 December 2013
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Stephen Satterfield as the Nutcracker © Damien Siqueiros
Montreal

Les Grands Ballets celebrate 50 years of magic with The Nutcracker

By , 14 December 2013
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Snowflakes © Annabel Moeller
London

English National Ballet's Edwardian Nutcracker

By , 11 December 2013
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Dancers Frances Chung and Jaime Garcia Castilla © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet shines once again in Nutcracker

By , 11 December 2013
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The Nutcracker (Dancers: Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao)  ©  Steve Hanson
Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker enchants the West Midlands

By , 22 November 2013
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©  Bill Cooper courtesy of ROH
London

The Nutcracker with The Royal Ballet

By , 10 December 2012
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Nut ‘Sky’ Cracker in Peter Schaufuss' Nutcracker
London

Peter Schaufuss' Nutcracker

By , 25 July 2012
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ARB's The Nutcracker 2010,  ©  George Jones
Princeton

American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is a tasty holiday side dish

By , 25 November 2011
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Sara Mearns as The Sugarplum Fairy  ©  Paul Kolnik
New York City

The Holiday Season begins with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

By , 25 November 2011
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El cascanueces en el Teatro Real © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Un Cascanueces a punto de nieve en el Teatro Real de Madrid

By , 03 November 2018
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El cascanueces en la versión del BNC © Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Madrid

Un Cascanueces sin brillo en los Teatros del Canal de Madrid

By , 06 May 2017
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Heidelberg

Tschaikowskys Nussknacker mit dem russischen Staatsballett – ein faszinierendes Weihnachtswunder

By , 18 December 2015
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Ensemble © Christina Canaval
Salzburg

Weihnachtliches Zauberwerk - der Nussknacker des Salzburger Landestheaters

By , 16 December 2014
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Dorothé Gilbert ( clara) et le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris dans Casse Noisette © Sébastien Mathé / Opera National de Paris
Paris

Féérie à l’Opéra Bastille avec le Casse-Noisette de Rudolf Noureev

By , 26 November 2014
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