The Nutcracker ballet, danced by guinea pigs As the curtain rises, Clara is opening her presents under the Christmas tree. She falls in love with a present from her godfather Drosselmeyer: a wooden Nutcracker. When Clara falls asleep that night, she is swept up in a battle between the Nutcracker (who has become a handsome prince) and the terrible Mouse King. This leads to a magical trip into the realms of fantasy, a sweet-filled wonderland where the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy dances... This is the world famous ballet, as you've never seen it before. AUTHOR: TESS NEWALL was born in 1987 and when she is not making guinea-pig-sized spectacles or sprinkling snow on the streets of Victorian London she works as a freelance set designer, specializing in fashion shoots, window displays and decorative interiors. She lives in London. ALEX GOODWIN was born in 1985 and he has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Some people have noticed that much of his writing comes to the length of a medium-sized shopping list; this is explained by the fact that a picture of a guinea pig says a thousand words. He lives in London.