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The Nutcracker

Ballet-féerie in two acts
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Emil Wesołowski
2 hours 0 minutes



2 hours 0 minutes | 1 intermission
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Marius Petipa and Ivan Vsevolozhsky based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, adapted by Emil Wesołowski
World premiere
Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg 1892
Polish premiere
Bydgoszcz 1958, Studio Operowe
premiere at the Krakow Opera
21 December 2013
One of the world’s most popular classical ballets is a story of a girl taken by her Christmas toy on a journey through a fairyland of wonders where anything is possible... The fairytale novella "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" was written in 1816 by the German poet and author E. T. A. Hoffmann. The ballet rendition of the story was conceived by the imagination of Marius Petipa, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky was commissioned to compose the music, following the success of The Sleeping Beauty. The premiere was held at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892.

The present production has been created by Emil Wesołowski, a prominent Polish choreographer, with ties to the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw for the past 30 years, as a dancer, head of the ballet company, and director of stage productions. The audience will be guided through the magical worlds of the show by Marek Grabowski’s painterly stage design, using state-of-theart technologies, and our workshops have produced about two hundred costumes designed by Maria Balcerek. Performed by the Krakow Opera Ballet, the dance show can be equally enjoyed by children and adults.


poster by
Marek Grabowski

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Stage directed and choreographed by Emil Wesołowski
Music director: Grzegorz Berniak
Stage design: Marek Grabowski
Digital projections: Marek Grabowski, Tomasz Kucharz
Costume designs: Maria Balcerek
Lighting design: Bogumił Palewicz
Clara | 

Nutcracker | 

Drosselmeyer | 

Clara's aunt | 

Clara's father | 

Clara's mother | 

Franc, Clara's brother | 

Clara's sister | 

Friends of Clara's sister | 

Clara's sister's fiance | 

Doll | 

Warrior | 

Maid | 

Guests | 

Servants | 

Mouse King | 

Mice | 

Soldiers | 

Snow maids solo | 

Snow maids | 

Fairy | 

Fairy's attendant | 

Spanish dance | 

Arabian dance | 

Chinese dance | 

Crane | 

Russian dance | 

Bear | 

Rag doll and warrior's Dance | 

Flower queen | 

Flowers | 

Krakow Opera Orchestra, Children's Choir, Ballet and Ballet Studio


Category S - 2023/2024
1st seats Marshal's Balcony
160 zł
2nd seats Amphitheater rows IV-IX
120 zł
3rd seats Amphitheater rows I-III and X-XII
100 zł
4th seats Amphitheater side seats and rows XIII-XIV; Right-hand and left-hand side boxes
70 zł
5th seats Balcony rows I-II
60 zł
6th seats Balcony rows III-IV
50 zł


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