Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
An Evening of Music and Dance 2015
First Steps: a child's Coppelia
Serenade / Carmina burana
The King Dances / Carmina burana
The Nutcracker story guide
ACT I | ACT II
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It is Christmas Eve and Dr Stahlbaum and his wife, a former ballerina, are giving a party. They have two children, Clara who is 15 and training to be a dancer, and her younger brother, Fritz. Mrs Stahlbaum has invited some of Clara's friends from the ballet school who dance for the guests, after which they ask her to dance herself. She has also invited a magician, Drosselmeyer, to provide an entertainment. He brings gifts for the young children and gives a Nutcracker doll to Clara; she is fascinated by it and her belief that it has magical powers is confirmed when her brother breaks it and the doll strangely mends itself. The party comes to an end, the guests depart and the family retires to bed.