Dutch National Ballet presents

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

This show was to been seen in December 2015


Duration 2:20

Breaks 1

In The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, skaters glide over Amsterdam’s canals and a living room is magically transformed into a snowy forest. The magic of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is enough to make the long dark days appear to be getting lighter! This acclaimed version of the classic fairy-tale ballet has won the hearts or more than 275,000 spectators.

In short

Choreographers Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk have adapted the age-old story of The Nutcracker to meet the high demands of today’s audiences. The sets are truly magical to behold, and the ballet itself is more energetic and dynamic than previous incarnations. Impressive group scenes are punctuated by technically challenging and brilliant solos. The audience is steadily lured into a magical world, where the line between reality and imagination becomes beautifully blurred.

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Wayne Eagling


Toer van Schayk

Choreographer, set- and costume designer

Toer van Schayk (Amsterdam, 1936) took his first ballet lessons with Iraïl Gadeskov and went on to train with Sonia Gaskell. From 1955 to 1959, he danced with Gaskell’s company, Nederlands Ballet, but interrupted his dancing career to complete his training as a sculptor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague.

Watch how 'little Clara' and 'grown up Clara' prepare for their performance in The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.


Who is dancing when?

                                                                                    Clara                        Prince                        Nutcracker   


Th   17  December     2015    20.15                      Anna Tsygankova            Jozef Varga              James Stout


Sa    19  December     2015    20.15                     Anna Tsygankova       Daniel Camargo        James Stout


Su   20  December     2015    14.00                      Anna Ol                      Remi Wörtmeyer      Young Gyu Choi


Tu    22  December     2015    14.00                      Anna Ol                      Remi Wörtmeyer     Young Gyu Choi              


Tu   22  December     2015    20.15                      Maia Makhateli           Artur Shesterikov      Young Gyu Choi


Th   24  December     2015    14.00                     Maia Makhateli           Artur Shesterikov      Young Gyu Choi


Fr    25  December     2015    14.00   kerst          Anna Tsygankova       Matthew Golding      James Stout  


Su   27  December     2015    14.00                      Anna Tsygankova       Matthew Golding      James Stout


Mo  28  December     2015    14.00                      Igone de Jongh            Jozef Varga              Jared Wright


Mo  28  December     2015    20.15                     Michaela DePrince      Remi Wörtmeyer      Oscar Valdes


We  30 December      2015    14.00                      Sasha Mukhamedov    Casey Herd               James Stout


We  30 December      2015    20.15                      Qian Liu                      Young Gyu Choi      Edo Wijnen


Th   31  December     2015    14.00                     Michaela DePrince      Remi Wörtmeyer      Oscar Valdes


Fr    1    January         2016    14.00                         Qian Liu                      Young Gyu Choi      Edo Wijnen

This castlist is always subject to change



On the eve of St Nicholas, in Amsterdam around 1810, Clara Staalboom and her brother Frits and sister Louise are getting ready for the festivities in their house on the canal. As their guests arrive, kindly St Nicholas gifts Clara with a nutcracker doll, and Frits a soldier’s uniform, complete with swordd. The children are elated, but when Clara goes to bed that night, her heavenly dream of dancing with the Nutcracker is turned into a nightmare - she is haunted by the Mouse King and his army of mice (danced by children from the National Ballet Academy).

Van Schayk’s delightful sets and costumes for The Nutcracker and the Mouse King are inspired by the work of the Dutch masters of the Golden Age. In the golden 1980s, Toer van Schayk was one of the three famous ‘Vans’ (Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig and Toer van Schayk) of Dutch National Ballet. Toer was not only renowned as a dancer and later as a choreographer, but also as a sculptor, painter and set and costume designer. Van Schayk is also known as ‘Leonardo da Vinci on the Amstel’.

For everybody from 8 years and older.


Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Ermanno Florio and Ariane Matiakh

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

This year, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater as a regular partner.

Through Dutch Ballet Orchestra, music and dance come together to form a wonderful experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development.

The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This gives the orchestra a unique character: incredibly flexible, dynamic and high-quality.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a mission, to achieve the ultimate synergy between dance and music.

Children's Choir De Kickers led by Lorenzo Papolo