Guardian PhotographerEsteemed Guardian photographer Sean Smith took a week break from his usual backdrop, to capture cast and crew backstage during rehearsals for our Christmas Show.

The mesmerising images can be seen in our website gallery, and also on the Guardian website.

One of the images of our glamorous Zoe preparing to go on stage, was included in the top portraits of 2013, on the Guardian website.

In addition to a host of impressive images, Sean took hours of video, the result of which can be seen on the Guardian Website