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Follow Classic FM's guide to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, a festive favourite that remains his most endearing and best-loved ballet
The Nutcracker opens on Christmas Eve at the house of town major Hans Stahlbaum and his wife. The family are getting ready to host a party and the Stahlbaum children, Clara and Fritz, decorate the tree as they wait for the guests – and the gifts they hope they’re bringing - to arrive.
Pictured: Victoria Marr as the major's wife Mrs Stahlbaum.
Photo by Steve Hanson
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