The event

Mariinsky Theatre’s The Nutcracker In 3D is the world’s first 3D Nutcracker ballet and is a sumptuously traditional production brought to life on the big screen. With Tchaikovsky’s eternally popular score, the grand staging and exquisite costumes, this Mariinsky Theatre production of The Nutcracker In 3D is perfect holiday entertainment for the whole family. Running time 105 minutes

The story
The ballet opens with a Christmas Eve party and a young girl, Clara, being given a nutcracker doll by her godfather, Drosselmeyer. Later in the evening when Clara sleeps, she finds herself in the midst of the Nutcracker’s battle against the Mouse King and his army of mice. Coming to her Nutcracker’s aid, he is transformed into a Prince and journeys with Clara to an enchanted island where celebrations are held in their honour.

The ballet
This production showcases the impeccable virtuosity of two of the Mariinsky Theatre’s rising stars – Alina Somova as Clara the Princess (Masha in the original Russian) and Vladimir Shklyarov as the Prince Nutcracker. This production is Wassili Vainonen’s version of the ballet which was first staged in 1934 and was chosen in 1992 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ballet’s premiere. This brand–new 3D version marked the 120th anniversary year of The Nutcracker ballet when it was first released in 2012.