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Nutcracker: Behind the scenes

If you’re joining us for our Nutcracker Welcome Performance, you’ll find information here about the story, behind the scenes clips and activities to do before you come.

The story of the Nutcracker

A young girl’s present leads her on an enchanted journey in this classic ballet.

Senior stage manager, Johanna Adams, tells us what it’s like to work behind-the-scenes on this classic Christmas ballet.

The role of Clara

Ballerina, Leanne Cope, talks about what it’s like to play Clara in the famous ballet.

In rehearsal

Join répétiteurs Jonathan Cope and Lesley Collier as they coach Royal Ballet dancers Fumi Kaneko and Nehemiah Kish in the Sugar Plum Fairy pas de deux from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. With Philip Cornfield at the piano.