Nutcracker – The Story of Clara

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“ From its first performance in 1992, Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker – The Story of Clara was recognised as a masterpiece.”

- The Age


The Australian Ballet presents presents

Nutcracker – The Story of Clara


Graeme Murphy’s acclaimed reimagining of The Nutcracker, like his Swan Lake, masterfully weaves together the enchantment and fantasy of the beloved classic with emotional depth and a modern perspective.

Clara, a former star of the Ballets Russes, has settled in Australia. On Christmas Eve, nearing the end of her life, she relives her past: her childhood in Imperial Russia, the Revolution, her travels and her triumphs on stage. Murphy mines the grand sweep of her history for universal truths about love, loss and resilience, exploring the colours and textures of Tchaikovsky’s marvellous score. Designs by the revered Kristian Fredrikson powerfully evoke Clara’s world, from the shimmer of an Australian summer to the glamour of Tsarist Russia.

This “Gum-nutcracker”, made especially for The Australian Ballet, celebrates its 25th birthday in 2017 – and is set to wow a new generation of audiences.

If you liked Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, you’ll like his Nutcracker.


Choreography Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Concept Graeme Murphy and Kristian Fredrikson
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume and set design Kristian Fredrikson
Original lighting design John Drummond Montgomery

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Sydney


2 – 10 June

Evening Performances

Friday 2 June, 7:30pm
Saturday 3 June, 7:30pm
Monday 5 June, 6:30pm
Tuesday 6 June, 7:30pm
Wednesday 7 June, 7:30pm
Thursday 8 June, 7:30pm
Friday 9 June, 7:30pm
Saturday 10 June, 7:30pm

Matinee Performances

Saturday 3 June, 1:30pm
Wednesday 7 June, 1:30pm
Saturday 10 June, 1:30pm

Duration: 1 hour 54 minutes (including 20 min interval)


State Theatre


Price range

$43 – $236

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