Thank you for purchasing tickets to our production of The Nutcracker! We know that many families look forward to Hong Kong Ballet’s traditional Christmas production of The Nutcracker every year and come together to celebrate the warmth of the holidays. You may have been anticipating seeing the courageous Nutcracker and Clara battling the Rat King and going on a magical journey with the Nutcracker Prince and the Ballerina. You may have been eagerly waiting to see our artists showcase their beautiful dance numbers and outstanding technique to Tchaikovsky’s iconic music and Terence Kohler’s whimsical choreography.
However, in light of the pandemic’s surge, the government has announced that all LCSD venues, including Hong Kong Cultural Centre, The Nutcracker’s venue, will be closed from 10 December 2020 until further notice. Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that we must cancel the 15 performances scheduled 17-27 December. We sincerely thank you for purchasing The Nutcracker tickets, and we understand your disappointment right now. This decision is tough for everyone—for those who have purchased tickets and for us who have invested so much into the production. We’ve put our hearts and souls into preparing for this production, wanting to provide families with a joyous, festive experience during these challenging times.
While we will now present a recorded performance in an alternative way, with the intent to share festive joy to as many families as possible, we hope you could consider making a generous holiday gift to the children of Hong Kong, by donating your tickets to support Hong Kong Ballet’s Student Ticket Fund which underwrites the 50% ticket price for our student audiences. Your donation will be a precious Christmas gift to children all over Hong Kong in this difficult time.
Alternatively, you may consider exchanging your tickets for one of three every special upcoming shows:
For ticket exchanges, donations or refunds (by cheque or bank transfer), please complete and return this form (bit.ly/nc2020form) by 13 January 2021 at 6:00pm. For tickets purchased via URBTIX, you can get a cash refund at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s URBTIX counter after the venue re-opens. Please keep intact original ticket(s) (with stub) and check for the latest announcements on URBTIX website (www.urbtix.hk) for any updates. Should you have any enquiries, please contact email@example.com or +852 2105 9724 (office hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm).
It is our heartfelt wish that you stay warm and hopeful this winter. We will continue to uphold the spirit of The Nutcracker as we move forward on this momentous journey together.
Thank you very much for your continued support. Stay safe and healthy!
This sparkling Christmas tradition receives a new lease on life in Terence Kohler’s beloved production, returning once again to Hong Kong! Join Clara and Fritz on their unforgettable journey as they valiantly battle the villainous Rat King, and the Nutcracker Prince and his Ballerina love reunite in a breathtaking final pas de deux. A true holiday ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and introduce children to the power and beauty of classical dance!
Choreography: Terence Kohler
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dramaturge: Clair Sauran
Set & Costume Design: Jordi Roig
Lighting Design: David Bofarull
Lighting Execution: Ruby Yau
Painters: Jordi Castells & Quique Conde
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Yip Wing-sie
Scene I - Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum House
Clara, Fritz and their parents are decorating the Christmas Tree together when Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives with the children’s Christmas present. He places it beside the tree and unwraps it, revealing a large dollhouse.
Upstairs in the children´s bedroom, Uncle Drosselmeyer reads them a story about a brave Nutcracker, a beautiful Ballerina and an evil Rat.
The Nutcracker and Ballerina were in love and ruled peacefully over their Kingdom as royalty. One day, an evil Rat hoping to be king, stole the crown from The Nutcracker and froze the Ballerina. The Nutcracker was forced from his throne and exiled. According to the prophecy, he will remain in exile until the day he can defeat the Rat King in a great battle and save his Ballerina love.
While the family sleeps, Fritz sneaks downstairs to play with the dollhouse but is interrupted when two mice appear and drag him inside. Realising that her favourite doll Clärchen is still downstairs, Clara goes downstairs to find her.
The door to the dollhouse mysteriously opens, and Clara is drawn inside.
Scene II - Inside the Dollhouse
Clara’s favourite doll Clärchen and her family are celebrating Christmas together with a Christmas feast. Their celebration is interrupted when Clara suddenly appears inside the dollhouse.
On their arrival in the dollhouse, Clara immediately recognises Clärchen. Clärchen’s family begins reenacting Uncle Drosselmeyer’s bedtime story and presents Clara with a very special Christmas gift–the Ballerina’s shoes. Clärchen’s grandmother explains that the shoes will help Clara fulfil the prophecy to reunite The Nutcracker with the Ballerina. The dolls get carried away, forgetting about their guest until they find her asleep in an armchair. Retiring to bed, they leave Clara sleeping in the living room.
At the stroke of midnight, the Rat King and his loyal mice enter the Dollhouse. When Clara wakes up, she finds Clärchen’s Grandmother forcing the Ballerina's shoes into her hands and ushering her to safety outside. Clara flees into the night avoiding capture.
Scene III - The Great Battle, Underneath the Christmas Tree
As Clara runs through the darkness, she thinks she sees Fritz in the distance and runs towards him. Meanwhile, as soldiers prepare to battle the mice, they find Clara and bring her to The Nutcracker, whom she recognizes from the stories. The Nutcracker urges her to stay behind where she will be safe, but to avoid capture by the mice, she ignores his advice and follows behind them.
The Great Battle begins as the Rat King and The Nutcracker begin to fight. Clara sees that mice are holding Fritz hostage and calls out to him. The Nutcracker is momentarily distracted, allowing the Rat King to freeze him. Terrified, Clara hits the Rat King on the head with the ballerina shoes, as Fritz picks up The Nutcracker’s sword in defence. A dazed Rat King stumbles forward onto the sword and collapses.
With the battle over, Clara cradles the frozen body of The Nutcracker. Seeing her brother in shock, Clara leaves The Nutcracker’s side and rushes to him. Realising that Clara is upset too, Fritz pulls her away from The Nutcracker to comfort her.
No longer under the control of the Rat King, the remaining mice give Fritz the Rat King’s stolen crown as a peace offering. Fritz returns the crown to its rightful owner, The Nutcracker.
A flurry of snowflakes appear as Clärchen’s family tentatively begin to come outside the dollhouse. Clara and Fritz realise that they must reunite the Ballerina at the top of the Christmas Tree together with her beloved Nutcracker.
Clara, Fritz, Clärchen and the soldiers carrying The Nutcracker embark on the long journey to the top.
Scene I - The Journey Up the Christmas Tree
As they climb higher and higher, the frozen dolls on the Christmas Tree begin to come to life.
Scene II - The Top of the Christmas Tree
Arriving at the top, the travellers look around to see that they are surrounded by the dolls they passed on their way up the tree. The dolls from the Christmas tree reunite The Nutcracker with his Ballerina love and fulfill the prophecy. As The Nutcracker and the Ballerina look into each other’s eyes, the Rat King’s curse is lifted and they begin to return to normal. Their reunion is interrupted when a heavily wounded Rat King appears out of nowhere. Seeing his curse now broken, the Rat King realises the dolls of the kingdom no longer fear him and tries to steal the crown one last time before collapsing on the ground.
With peace in the kingdom finally assured, the Ballerina begins the celebration of the dolls’ freedom. The dolls from the kingdom take turns dancing for Clara, Fritz and Clärchen. As the revelry continues, the snowflakes magically blossom into flowers. With their kingdom in full bloom, The Nutcracker and Ballerina return to their place on the top of the tree together.
Scene III - Christmas Morning at the Stahlbaum House
Clara and Frits wake up beside their new dollhouse. At the top of the tree, the Ballerina and The Nutcracker now stand together, where they will regin over their kingdom forever.
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Ticket holders can enjoy special sets and/or menus at Bayfare Social, Holt’s Café, Tea Conservatory and The Butterfly Room at Rosewood Hong Kong upon presentation of their Hong Kong Ballet production tickets.
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K11 ARTUS Festive Staycation
Book a stay directly via K11 ARTUS official website and enjoy a festive staycation with your loved ones in our tastefully designed residences. Ticket holders will receive a special welcome gift during check in!
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This privilege is applicable to reservations made through the official website for stays between 1 December to 30 December 2020. Please present your ticket stub upon check in.
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15% Off Food and Beverage at K11 ARTUS
Ticket holders can enjoy one complimentary drink per person and 15% off food and beverage at The Commune, 10/F at K11 ARTUS on the day of the performance upon presentation of their tickets.
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10% Off Special Discount at Moleskine K11 Art Mall Retail Store
Ticket holders can enjoy 10% off at Moleskine K11 Art Mall retail store upon presentation of their tickets!
Store address: Shop 112, K11 Art Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui
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For $1,000 VIP Ticket-holders
Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the end of intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.
*If cash bars at performance venue are closed due to COVID-19 or any other unexpected circumstances, complimentary drinks for VIP ticket holders will be unavailable.