The Nutcracker

Add to My Folder
This item has 4 stars of a maximum 5

Rated 4/5 from 1 rating (Write a review)

By Lizzy Courtneyteacher

Read the story of The Nutcracker and encourage children to create their own Land of Sweets.

Nutcracker scene

The Nutcracker
En2 3b 3f 6a

The Nutcracker is a ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa (1818-1910) with a score composed by Piotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Originally a book by German author E.T.A. Hoffman (1776-1822) titled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the story was simplified to make it a suitable length for a two act ballet (1892). Apparently, Tchaikovsky did not enjoy composing the Nutcracker due to the musical constraints placed upon him by Petipa, but the ballet enjoyed great success. It was from the mid twentieth century that The Nutcracker grew in popularity to become the much loved Christmas experience we know today with countless performances enjoyed by audiences around the world.

The Nutcracker
Subscriber-only content

Scholastic Resource Bank: Primary - subscribe today!

  • Over 6,000 primary activities, lesson ideas and resources
  • Perfect for anyone working with children from 5 to 11 years old
  • Unlimited access – only £15 per year!