Nutcracker - Backstage at the Royal Ballet
It has become somewhat of an annual festive favourite at the Royal Opera House in London. The story of the Nutcracker - a young girl's magical Christmas Eve journey through the land of sweets - with a familiar musical score penned by Tchaikovsky.
Here, as a new season of performances gets under way, take a look behind the scenes at how The Royal Ballet stages the show.
The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker can be seen at the Royal Opera House, London, until 16 January 2013.
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Music from the Nutcracker supplied by Focus Music. Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 19 December 2013.
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