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The Nutcracker

Programme cover

The Nutcracker cover from the premiere performance programme (January 28, 1952). 

The National Ballet of Canada first presented Casse-Noisette (The Nutcracker), Act II, on January 28, 1952 at Toronto’s Eaton Auditorium. Principal Dancers Irene Apiné and Jury Gotshalks performed the lead roles of The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Nutcracker Prince. Giselle, Act II and Ballet Composite were also on the programme that evening.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.