Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Date 1891
Source ballet, Op. 71

Here Comes Christmas! pageant of The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet by Tchaikovsky, known for its association with Christmas and an animated interpretation in Fantasia.



Nutcracker Scandal
  • A fake cover of Variety seen in The Muppets features an article about a "Nutcracker Scandal" by Andrew Logchin, which reports on child labor law violations for allowing a 14-year-old ballerina named Miss Lily Lewis to perform as a starring member.


  • Michael Coleman played Drosselmeier in a televised performance of The Nutcracker
  • Misty Copeland played The Ballerina in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
  • Morgan Freeman played Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
  • Lourdes López has appeared in multiple productions, including the 1993 film version
  • Helen Mirren played Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
  • Kermit Love designed many puppets for the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker
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