The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

story by E. T. A. Hoffmann

"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig) is a story written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann.

E.T.A. Hoffmann

It is about a little girl who travels to the Land of Sweets with a Nutcracker Prince.

In 1892, the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned Alexandre Dumas, père's adaptation of the story into the ballet The Nutcracker. The ballet became one of Tchaikovsky's most famous compositions, and perhaps the most popular ballet in the world.