The Nutcracker DVD (The Royal Ballet) 1968


  • Explore the dreamlike world of Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of the much-loved The Nutcracker. This 1968 colour recording is a golden opportunity to watch a great historical performance from The Royal Ballet, featuring the illustrious pairing of Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park alongside many other legends of the Company, such as Lesley Collier, Wayne Sleep, Stanley Holden and Leslie Edwards.

    Herr Drosselmeyer/The Prince: Rudolf Nureyev
    Clara: Merle Park
    Dr Stahlbaum: Leslie Edwards
    Frau Stahlbaum: Betty Kavanagh
    Fritz: Keith Martin
    Shepherd Dancer: Lesley Collier
    Louisa: Ann Jenner 
    Grandmother: Gerd Larsen
    Grandfather: Stanley Holden
    The Nutcracker: Wayne Sleep
    The Rat King: Ronald Plaisted
    Artists of The Royal Ballet

    The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: John Lanchbery

    Choreography & Production: Rudolf Nureyev
    Designer: Nicholas Georgiadis
    Composer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

    Picture: 4:3, Colour
    Sound: LPCM 2.0 Mono
    Fomat: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 96 mins
    Year: 1968

  • "…The performances still stand up very well... [Nureyev and Park] emerge on stage as a believable couple with a genuine bond and as attentive and intuitively sympathetic dancing partners (the latter is best demonstrated in their justly celebrated performance of this Nutcracker’s Act 2 Grand pas de deux)." MusicWeb International

    "Originally relayed by the BBC, part of the fun of this is spotting dancers who appear alongside Nureyev and Merle Park, and who would later have highly successful careers of their own." Dancing Times