Nutcracker Ballet is based on the book called "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoffman.
In 1891, the legendary choreographer
Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the Nutcracker Ballet.
In 1892, the first showing of the Nutcracker took place at the Mariinsky Theatre of Russia, home of
the Kirov Ballet.