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The Australian Ballet presents Nutcracker - The Story of Clara

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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..

Nutcracker - The Story of Clara, presented by the Australian Ballet, comes to Joan Sutherland Theatre for a strictly limited season from 2 20 May 2017.

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.

Tickets are now on sale for Nutcracker - The Story of Clara at Sydney Opera House and are priced from $43.

Book now at or phone 9250 7777.

For more information on this exciting Australian Ballet production, please visit

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When: 2 20 May
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: Tickets from $43
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