The Nutcracker is a ballet set to a score by Tchaikovsky. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, it premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892. It is an adaptation of Hoffman's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Since its debut, The Nutcracker has achieved international acclaim and has been enacted by countless ballet companies throughout the world.
Children and adults from every walk of life recognize pieces from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite, which includes the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." The ballet has been adapted to movies, television, and children's books.