For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet is bringing The Nutcracker to the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas.

This quintessentially festive tale sees Clara’s nutcracker doll come to life, and sweep her away through a winter wonderland. Between 28 – 31 December, four shining Principals will be performing the iconic role of Clara’s Nutcracker Prince – Brandon, Tyrone, César and Mathias.

Scroll to get to know them better:

Brandon Lawrence was born in Bradford and studied at the Nydza School of Dance, before the Royal Ballet School. He has been dancing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet since 2011.

Dancing (and then dining!) at Buckingham Palace in 2016 for HRH The Prince of Wales.

Watch Nutcracker Prince, Brandon Lawrence rehearse The Nutcracker with Arancha Baselga:

What are you most looking forward to about dancing at the Royal Albert Hall?

Brandon: I’m most looking forward to experiencing the grandeur of the Royal Albert Hall – I’m honoured to dance this iconic ballet in one of the most iconic venues!

Tyrone: The Nutcracker is such an iconic Christmas ballet already, so we’re really looking forward to expanding our production, and bringing the spectacle to a whole new level for the Royal Albert Hall Personally, I’m excited to have the chance to perform at such a prestigious venue where so many greats have graced have the stage over the years.

Brandon Lawrence as The Prince by Bill Cooper
Brandon Lawrence as The Prince

Surrey-born Tyrone Singleton trained at the Arts Educational School in Tring, and the Royal Ballet School.

The most enjoyable roles are always those I’m fully immersed in during performance, so much so that I forget who and where I am.

What is the most challenging thing about dancing as The Prince in this production?

Brandon: The most challenging thing about dancing the role of the Prince is showing the true classicism and grandeur of the role. A strong technique and stamina with a sprinkle of magic really makes the Prince shine. This role has a fine balance of challenges and rewards and each time I return to the role, I like to try slightly different steps, having new goals and a fresher feel!

Tyrone Singleton and Jenna Roberts by Bill Cooper.jpg
Tyrone Singleton with Jenna Roberts

Celine Gittens and Brandon Lawrence  © Bill Cooper
Celine Gittens and Brandon Lawrence

César Morales was born in Chile trained at the Municipal Theatre’s Ballet School in Santiago before being offered a scholarship by Ben Stevenson to train at the Houston Ballet Academy. He joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2008, and began dancing Principal in 2009.

I would like to dance the male leads in Neumeier’s The Lady of Camelias and Cranko’s Onegin.

César Morales with Elisha Willis by Roy Smiljanic
César Morales, with Elisha Willis

Mathias Dingman trained at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington DC. He joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2008, and began dancing Principal roles in 2015.

Carmina burana – it’s simply the best music ever written and David Bintley’s choreography is divine.

Tyrone Singleton rehearses part of the Act II grand pas de deux:

Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 December 2017
For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings an enchanting production of this Christmas favourite to the Royal Albert Hall. This magical ballet, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.