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Watch: The Nutcracker in rehearsal

Get an exclusive glimpse into The Royal Ballet's preparations for the return of this iconic Christmas show.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

27 October 2016 at 12.37pm | 9 Comments

Rehearsals for The Royal Ballet's much-loved production of The Nutcracker were livestreamed via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on 27 October 2016.

Despite Christmas still being a couple of months away, preparations are well underway at Covent Garden for the return of this festive favourite. The rehearsal livestream saw Leticia Stock and Marcelino Sambé run through Clara and Hans-Peter's pas de deux and Claire Calvert rehearsing the role of the Rose Fairy.

In addition, Tchaikovsky's wonderful score was explored by Paul Wingfield as he demonstrated the enchanting and distinctive sound of the Celeste that soundtracks the Sugar Plum Fairy's solo.

As well as being on stage throughout the Christmas period, The Nutcracker will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 8 December 2016 as part of the ROH Cinema Season.

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The Nutcracker runs 23 November 2016-12 January 2017. Tickets are still available.

The ballet will be relayed live to cinemas on 8 December 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Hans and Julia Rausing, Lady Jarvis, Peter Lloyd and the Friends of Covent Garden.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

27 October 2016 at 12.37pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Peter Wright, live stream, Production, Rehearsal, The Nutracker, YouTube

This article has 9 comments

  1. Amy Law responded on 27 October 2016 at 8:43pm Reply

    Beautiful! I'm already feeling xmas watching you dance! Thank you !

  2. Jorge Salcedo responded on 27 October 2016 at 10:34pm Reply

    Dear friends. It was with great pleasure that I watched the today's rehearsal session of " The Nutcracker".
    And allow me to stress the participation of Marcelino Sambé. A remarkable artist, and It's easy to understand the also remarkable profissional he is.
    My best wishes for the Royal Ballet.

  3. Michael Sharpe responded on 30 October 2016 at 7:20pm Reply

    I'm curious to know why the performances on January 2 matinee anf January 4 evening are STILL showing as being Kaneko/Kish when it is known that both dancers are injured and are unable to dance?

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 9 November 2016 at 5:00pm

      Hi Michael,
      All cast changes are promptly updated as soon as The Royal Ballet make the announcements. However, please note that these performance dates are still some time away and dancers may be able to perform after their recovery period.
      Thanks,
      Rose

  4. Christine Loy responded on 28 November 2016 at 12:36pm Reply

    Who is the remarkable ballet master? Great teaching.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 28 November 2016 at 1:17pm

      Hi Christine,
      That's Christopher Carr, the Guest Principal Ballet Master of The Royal Ballet. Christopher has rehearsed and staged over forty works for the Company's repertory. Find out more about him here.
      All best,
      Rose

  5. Witte Van Witte responded on 4 December 2016 at 3:17pm Reply

    It's so beautiful to watch the process!! Thank you ROH!

  6. Agatha responded on 4 January 2017 at 11:10pm Reply

    I watched the BBC programme and went to see the nutcracker live today. Unfortunately it looked slightly different: like some scenes were not there. Can you please explain? Thank you.
    Btw I still loved it. I'm just curious.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 5 January 2017 at 12:47pm

      Hi Agatha,

      Are you talking about the BBC Documentary that was broadcast on Christmas Day? That programme did only include a very small amount of performance footage, which is perhaps why it looked different to what you saw live on stage. Very glad you enjoyed it!
      All best wishes,
      Rose

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