The Nutcracker at New Year

Moscow, Russia > 31 December 2006

E. T. A. Hoffman’s classic book “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” was set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century.

In a special performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, The Nutcracker will be performed in a ballet of two acts. A Moscow performance of The Nutcracker in the darkest depths of winter is perhaps the closest thing to how its composer imagined it to be performed. With the ballet’s famous festive themes, complete with giant Christmas trees and strange gifts, this is sure to be a special performance.

Visiting Russia isn’t as complicated as it once was and a tourist visa, as long as you pre-book accommodation, is simple to get hold of. All applications are now dealt with online and forms can be printed out to attach a passport photo.

Moscow is a fascinating city, still full of intrigue and juxtaposed locals. Before an evening at the theatre there are endless sites to visit and explore.