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The Nutcracker Digital Programme


Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Introduction to the ballet


A full, illustrated synopsis of this production

Watch: the trailer

Watch: Exclusive rehearsal films

Watch: Exclusive film

Darcey Bussell talks to Peter Wright

Listen: The Nutcracker musical moments

Extracts from a recording of Tchaikovsky's music

Interview with Peter Wright

Peter Wright, creator of The Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker talks to Mark Monahan about the creation of a classic

Watch: The Nutcracker – behind the scenes

See how the magic of The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is created, with these insights into rehearsals, costume preparation and backstage tricks.

Rehearsal photographs

Dancers of The Royal Ballet and students of The Royal Ballet School rehearse this Christmas favourite.


Straight to the Pointe

How you can help keep The Royal Ballet dancing on pointe