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Alan Cumming recounts the origin story of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” – December 14 at 9 pm


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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING

Tuesday, December 14 at 9 pm

Alan Cumming narrating "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."
Alan Cumming narrating “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”

Join Alan Cumming for the real story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King with the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. Featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri, this new version is a rare holiday treat.

Conceived by John Mauceri (Grammy, Tony, and three-time Emmy winner), this new work is a re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.” Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 book, Alan Cumming recounts the origin story of how a prince got put into a nutcracker.

Unlike the ballet, we also learn what happens when the young girl grows up, having saved the prince, and what they are doing today! Music from Tchaikovsky’s lesser-known works, as well as from “The Nutcracker” ballet, underscore this epic and heroic tale — one that has never been told before on television! It all begins, “Once, a very long time ago, when the flap of dragon wings could be heard in the skies…”