Former Royal Ballet Principal Lesley Collier has been coaching Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae through the ballet's showcase duet.
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
Production and scenario
- Performed by
- The Royal Ballet
The Nutcracker Digital Programme
Digital Programmes bring together a range of specially selected films, audio clips, pictures, articles, features, news and information, as well as exclusives and updates, and highlights from the Royal Opera House website, YouTube, SoundCloud and Flickr pages. Features are added as the performances approach, to enhance your experience of a production.
Cast sheets are available as PDFs
News and features
Audience responses to The Royal Ballet's Christmas classic.
The classic Christmas production will be relayed to audiences around the world.
To find out more visit the The Nutcracker (2017) production page.