an excellent ballet by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The music is set to the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The ballet was composed in 1892, as his Op. 71. The Nutcracker is his shortest ballet, much shorter compared to Swan Lake. The balletcontains two acts and is most famous for Scene 12, the Divertissement, which contained most of the pieces in the Nutcracker Suite which became more popular than the ballet itself.
The Nutcracker is probably the best ballet ever written and is performed annually by many communities.