The action takes place in an old German town at
the start of the last century but one. Night is falling. It is Christmas Eve and
the streets are busy and festive. Drosselmeyer, an eccentric inventor and toy
maker loved by children, is among those invited to see the Christmas tree at the
large, brightly lit house of Herr Stahlbaum.
The drawing room in Herr
Stahlbaumґs house is beautifully decorated. The guests assemble. Drosselmeyer
enters carrying presents.
The party is ready to start. The children rush
There is a game of blind manґs buff and Drosselmeyer takes part. He is
blindfolded. Masha, Herr Stahlbaumґs young daughter, is the first to be
After the games, there is dancing. Now dressed as a magician,
Drosselmeyer does magic tricks and puts on a puppet show–The Mouse King Wishes
to Kidnap the Princess, but the Courageous Nutcracker Kills the Mouse King and
Saves the Princess.
Drosselmeyerґs ideas seem inexhaustible. He makes
clockwork toys including a clown, a doll and a blackmail dance for the children.
The Nutcracker, however, is Mashaґs favourite.
Franz takes the Nutcracker
from Masha and the head comes off in his hands. Drosselmeyer quickly mends the
Nutcracker. Masha cuddles and comforts her damaged favourite. It is late and the
guests must depart. The party comes to an end with some dances.
goodnight to the Nutcracker and the candles on the tree are extinguished.
Mashaґs nanny takes her to bed.
Masha goes to bed and falls asleep. She dreams
that mice have taken over the drawing room. They are headed by the Mouse
The Nutcracker leads the tin soldiers in the attack. Masha follows him.
Overcoming her fear, she throws her slipper at the Mouse King at a decisive
point in the battle, thus saving the Nutcracker. The Mouse King has been
defeated and disappears together with his troops.
Drosselmeyer turns Masha
and the Nutcracker into a beautiful Prince and Princess. They are caught up in a
blizzard and their journey to a fairy-tale land begins.
Masha and the Nutcracker are sailing along a
magical river. The Nutcracker drives away some bats and clears the way to an
Celebrations begin. Masha and the Nutcracker are delighted.
They dance and celebrate with the others.
Masha is asleep in bed. It will soon be morning.
Her magical dream is over. Masha awakes.