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, three shining Principals will be performing the lead role of Clara – Arancha, Laura and Karla.

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Spanish Arancha Baselga trained at the Maria de Avila Dance School before joining the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2002.

‘I can’t wait to dance the role of Clara in The Nutcracker in The Royal Albert Hall. A perfect ballet in one of the most iconic venues of London. It’s just going to be superb!’

Karla Doorbar as Clara by Caroline Holden

Karla Doorbar was born in Stoke-on-Trent and trained at the Jenny Brennan School of Dance and Royal Ballet School, before joining the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2011.

How do you prepare to dance the role of Clara?

Laura: The preparation I love before the show is getting my hair done. There is something so special about walking into the wig room as myself and coming out as Clara, I really feel it calms me and gets my mindset into her character. I like to be in costume and all ready to go 15 minutes before curtain up, I always say a hello to Fritz and then the moment of the overture happens. For me those couple of minutes listening to Tchaikovsky’s score really takes me into Clara’s world and the excitement begins!

Arancha Baselga as Clara w Brandon Lawrence by Roy Smiljanic

Laura Day trained at the Corraine Collins Dance Studios and the Royal Ballet School before joining the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2012.

As far as Christmas traditions go in my household, it’s Christmas tunes all day from around 7am and then it’s me who is usually in charge of the cooking due to my Mum having a Christmas Day birthday! This is always followed by a country walk with our gorgeous dog (a very fluffy Cavapoo) and lots of party games!

Watch Karla Doorbar dance with César Morales:

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.
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