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The Nutcracker (I) (1994)

Video  |   |  Music  |  12 December 2000 (USA)
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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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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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Karyothrafstis  »

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A revival of a production originally staged in 1954, although Vasily Vainonen choreographed it in 1934. See more »

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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 »


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An excellent Nutcracker, if not perfect
10 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Nutcracker has always been a treasure since I was 6 to me, so I'd see any version. This version is excellent, my only quibbles being the ugly costume for the Nutcracker(to me that is) and that the opening party scene could have been more homely, partly because you can tell that the children are not actually children. The production will be different to what you are familiar with, the Sugar Plum Fairy is not here(though her music remains intact) and the concept does have a more romantic approach. It works though, because the romantic approach is warm and deeply felt. It is a visually sumptuous production on the whole, giving that Christmassy and fairy-tale like feel impeccably, and the orchestral playing play the timeless Tchaikovsky score marvellously. Larisa Lezhnina's Masha/Princess is very elegant especially in the Pas-De-Deux, and Viktor Baranov is a handsome and quite dashing Prince with a fair amount of masculinity. The "highlight" parts, such as Waltz of the Flowers, Arabian/Chinese dance, March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy(beautifully danced by Lezhnina), Dance of the Snowflakes Trepek and Pas De Deux, are choreographed and danced impeccably with emotion and intimate-looking chemistry. In conclusion, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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