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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

John Mauceri introduces "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."
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John Mauceri introduces "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."

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"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" is a re-imagination of the classic Nutcracker story, featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and narrated by Alan Cumming. 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."

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: Trailer

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..."

The Nutcracker's Quest

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Godfather Drosselmeyer

KPBS Holiday Programs

KPBS will broadcast these holiday specials throughout the months of November, December and January. These broadcast dates are subject to change and more shows will be added to the listing, so check back often. Happy Holidays!