14 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Great hall

Running time

2:20, 1 break


Not available


Enchanting fairy-tale ballet for all ages (8+)

A heart-warming fairy-tale ballet to lighten the dark days of winter, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a choreography by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling based on the Christmas classic, and one of the most successful Dutch theatre productions of all time.

In the 2021/2022 season,  Dutch National Ballet will perform Nutcracker & Mouse King again. More information and tickets can be found on this page.

Enchanting fairy-tale ballet for all ages

Eagling and Van Schayk's creative retelling of Hoffmann's Nutcracker transports the classic tale to Holland. Instead of Christmas Eve, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King unfolds on the Dutch feast of Sinterklaas around 1810 in Amsterdam, while ice skaters dash and twirl across the frozen canals.

Festive evening

In their canal-side house in Amsterdam, Clara Staalboom, her little brother Frits and their elder sister Louise are getting ready to celebrate Sinterklaas evening. Outside on the canal, skaters twirl around on the ice. Meanwhile, their guests arrive, including the eccentric Mr Drosselmeijer and his nephew, a young cadet. Clara's Sinterklaas gift is a nutcracker doll, while Frits gets a soldier's uniform complete with a sword. In bed that night, Clara dreams that she has grown into a lovely young woman and that her nutcracker doll comes to life as Drosslemeijer's nephew. Together, they take up arms against the forces of the mouse king, and then are whisked away in Drosselmeijer's magic lantern on a whirlwind tour of exotic lands.

Sets and costumes

Toer van Schayk also designed the sets and costumes for this Nutcracker production, transporting the audience to a world of merriment and magic. His staging is both a visual and technical tour de force in the history of Dutch National Ballet. The skaters on the Amsterdam canal, the living room that swells in Clara's dream and the walls that transform into a snow-dusted forest are all scenes sure to awaken and delight in the child in everyone.

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The story

The girl Clara receives a nutcracker doll from her mysterious uncle Drosselmeijer. In her dream, he changes into a prince who looks suspiciously like the handsome young man she danced with at the Sinterklaas party. Together with her "Prince Charming", Clara conquers an army of mice led by the evil Mouse King, and then embarks on a "virtual" world tour in Drosselmeijer's magic lantern.

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