200 Years of the Nutcracker

Illustrated design of seven mouses wearing crowns surrounding a toy soldier with the number

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016

Venue: Mumford Theatre, Cambridge campus

Full day: £30 (£15 students and unemployed)
Symposium only: £18 (£10 students and unemployed)
In Conversation and Performances only: £18 (£10 students and unemployed)

Special guests: Maria Tatar (Harvard University), Kevin Crossley-Holland (Carnegie Medal Winning Children’s Author)

In 1816 E.T.A. Hoffmann published his children’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, later translated this story, inspiring Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, which has become a common part of Christmas rituals in the contemporary West. Hoffmann’s work has inspired many authors of children’s fiction, including Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald. This special event will celebrate Hoffman’s story, and its two hundred year legacy, with an academic symposium followed by creative performances.