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Dancing The Nutcracker: Inside the Royal Ballet

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For the first time in many years, the Royal Ballet gives access behind-the-scenes for a landmark 90-minute Christmas documentary, following the company as they prepare for the season’s production.

This year’s Nutcracker sees the debuts of numerous young dancers from the Royal Ballet School - from 11 year-old dancers at White Lodge to senior year students dancing as Snowflakes - as well as dancers most recently promoted to the company’s highest rank of Principal. The programme follows preparations for one of the most iconic and most technically challenging roles in the entire ballet repertoire: the Sugar Plum Fairy, a role danced by some of the greatest dancers ever to grace the stage - from Margot Fonteyn to Darcey Bussell.

With access across three months to rehearsals and the many elements that make up the production, this film will show the extraordinary artistry and craftsmanship behind the theatrical magic and gives the viewer a direct insight into The Royal Ballet during one of the most exciting periods in its creative history. In so doing, it reveals not just the dedication of the dancers themselves, but also the extraordinary skillset behind them that makes the Royal one of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies.