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What is Christmas without The Nutcracker?  For the snowbound, those who hate crowds, or in case you missed it,  here’s the Royal Ballet’s 2001 staging with Tchaikovsky’s luscious music conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov, choreographed by Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov, for you to watch in the comfort of your own PC.  But warning:  It’s an hour and 48 minutes long, so find a comfy chair, corral some munchies and beverage of choice, fuzzy slippers and lap robe, and watch it full screen (although it is a bit grainy).  Thanks, Jane!

Or you can choose this version by the Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov) filmed in  the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, with Tchaikovsky’s music conducted by Valery Gergiev, with Petipa’s libretto and choreography by Kirill Simonov.  This version was filmed in the same theatre where the ballet premiered on Sunday, 18 December 1892, 120 years ago today.  Again, it’s an hour and 29 minutes long.

And to spoil you for choice, here is the incomparable Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland in the ABT’s version.  It’s only an hour and 18 minutes long.

Sorry this version is a little out of focus.

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