Today, Google’s doodle honours a classic stage spectacle: The Nutcracker. Celebrating its 120th anniversary, the production has touched the lives of thousands since it first appeared at the Marrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 18, 1892. It was choreographed by Marius Petipa & lev Ivanov, all set to the magical score by Tchaikovsky.
The version of The Nutcracker we see at the National Ballet of Canada was created in 1995 by James Kudelka. Here are some interesting facts about Kudelka’s The Nutcracker:
814,635 people have attended and seen the show since 1995.
Box office revenue since 1995 amounts to over $38 million.
5,548 pointe shoes have been used by the ballerinas since 1995.
3,871 loads of laundry for the show since 1995.
187 costumes in each performance of the show.
The numbers just keep going. To see all the cool facts about the show, click HERE.
The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker plays on stage from December 19 till January 5. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful holiday ballet, one that the whole family will enjoy. For tickets, visit national.ballet.ca
Photo Credit: Heather Ogden in The Nutcracker – Photo by Bruce Zinger