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The Nutcracker (1994)

This is a revival of a production first staged in Russia in 1934, before the complete "Nutcracker" was ever performed in the United States... See full synopsis »



(libretto) (as Marius I. Petipa), (based on: a fairy tele by) (as E.T.A. Hoffman) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larisa Lezhnina ...
Masha and the Princess (as Larissa Lezhina)
Viktor Baranov ...
Nutcracker and the Prince
Piotr Russanov ...
Drosselmayer / Russian Dance
Gennadi Babanin ...
Stahlbaum / King of Mouse
Nina Michailova ...
His wife
Irina Gusseva ...
The children: Louisa
Tatiana Gumba ...
The children: Franz / Russian Dance
Irina Zagrebina ...
Grand Mother
Igor Belyaev ...
Grand Father / Chinese Dance
Zanaida Alekseeva ...
Nikita Scheglov ...
Harlequin / Waltz of the Flowers
Elvira Tarassova ...
Dancing Doll / Waltz of the Snow-flakes
Ruben Bobovnikov ...
Irina Zhelonkina ...
Waltz of the Snow-flakes / Waltz of the Flowers
Elena Sherstneva ...
Spanish Dance


This is a revival of a production first staged in Russia in 1934, before the complete "Nutcracker" was ever performed in the United States... See full synopsis »

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Release Date:

12 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karyothrafstis  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


As was customary on the stage in the nineteenth century, all the children are played by adult women (as did the original stage production of "Peter Pan" in 1904). However, the first production of "The Nutcracker" did use some children. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Pyotr Russanov is credited as only playing Drosselmayer. it is not until the closing credits that he is also credited as having played one of the Russian Dancers at the Kingdom of Sweets. See more »


Referenced in Dirty Sexy Money: The Nutcracker (2007) See more »

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Probably the best performance of The Nutcracker.
2 March 2007 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

I've never been a ballet fan, but this performance of Kirov Ballet is really something special. The real pearl of this version are those kids from Vaganova school, who play their role so beautifully. If you know Tchaikovsky music, you may notice a slightly slower tempo in the part with Vaganova kids. I've watched almost every available version of The Nutcracker ballet, but none other come nearly close to this one. The scenery is beautiful and each and every dancer plays it's role perfectly. The orchestra of Mariinsky Theater were playing the music probably as good as many other orchestra in the world, but the dance and choreography is outstanding. I've become a modest ballet fan just when I saw this performance of Kirov. If you like ballet and haven't seen this one yet, try to find it. It's probably the best of all times. At least the best performance and adaptation of Hofmann's Nutcracker.

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