Today, factories turn out thousands of doll-like creations, inspired by a children's book and the Tchaikovsky ballet The Nutcracker
, first performed in 1892.
Look out for novelty cast iron nutcrackers
modelled as crocodiles, dogs, squirrels, parrots, and nursery rhyme characters, all of which complete their intended task by pressing on their tails, smashing the nut held in their respective mouths.
One of the earliest written references to nutcrackers
is in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th century Canterbury Tales, while King Henry VIII is said to have given a pair to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, while the Georgians added Regency elegance.
Gregory Maguire unlocks the secrets of the Nutcracker
in an enchanting origin story.
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A seasonal favourite, the show is an opportunity for ballet lovers to see The Nutcracker
performed by a long standing Russian theatre.
The cast includes freelance guest artist Toleu Mukanov as the Nutcracker
Prince, Nayara Lopes and Francis Lawrence from Dance Theatre of Harlem as the Snow Queen and King, Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys from Festival Ballet Providence as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, and Nathan Colby as the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
After the guests leave, she retrieves it and falls asleep next to the tree, holding the Nutcracker
Set to David Berger's version of the Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
Suite, the divertissements were drawn from the Harlem Renaissance, celebrating positive images of African Americans.
Marie, who is given a Nutcracker
doll for Christmas, enters a dreamlike land of magic where she soon discovers her Nutcracker
prince and dances with beautiful snowflakes.
As the air grows colder and snowflakes begin to fall, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker
take a hot balloon ride across the frost-dusted London skyline to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.
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