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Watch: Anna Rose O’Sullivan on her debut in The Nutcracker

The Artist of The Royal Ballet dances the role of Clara for the first time this Season.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

22 December 2015 at 4.45pm | Comment on this article

Artist of The Royal Ballet, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, gives audiences a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House during preparations for Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker.

Meet Anna Rose as she gets off the tube at Covent Garden and follow her through stage door for a sneak peek at the ROH's backstage areas.

‘The Opera House is a bit of a maze because the backstage area holds the sets of so many productions. To walk through it every day is quite incredible in itself.’

Anna Rose makes her debut this Season as Clara in Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker – the young girl who is given a nutcracker on Christmas Eve by a mysterious magician, Drosselmeyer. The doll comes to life and Clara is transported on a magical adventure to defeat the wicked Mouse King.

Clara remains on stage for most of the two-hour ballet, which includes an amazing display of dances from the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets.

Watch more films about The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker here.

The film captures a busy day for Anna Rose. Not only is she performing as Clara for the first time that evening, but she also dances several roles in the matinee performance.

‘I dance other roles too, like the angel, a mirliton and a snowflake. It’s all about feeling the stage and pacing myself so I can be ready for tonight!’

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

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

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