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The Royal Opera House 2020 festive highlights for live audiences

The Royal Opera House has announced a packed schedule of Christmas treats that includes festive highlights from both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.

The Royal Ballet’s much-loved production of The Nutcracker returns to the ROH stage, in a COVID-safe restaging of Peter Wright’s celebrated two-act production. Opening on Friday 11 December and running until Sunday 3 January there will be 17 magical performances, with tickets available to purchase from Tuesday 1 December. Enjoy the much-loved elements of this cherished classic, from the magical growing Christmas tree, to the enchanting Dance of the Snowflakes and spectacular duet with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the Kingdom of Sweets.

New for The Royal Ballet’s 2020 production is a battle scene between the Nutcracker, the Mouse King and their armies, choreographed by Will Tuckett. Combined with Tchaikovsky’s score, performed live by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and charming designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, this classic ballet is not to be missed.

Leading up to this festive treat, The Royal Ballet invites audiences to watch the dancers in a special filmed Insight of The Nutcracker in Rehearsal via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on Tuesday 1 December at 7pm GMT. This streamed event is part of the Royal Opera House digital Insights programme.

In addition, The Royal Opera presents four performances of a sparkling Christmas Concert on 18, 19 and 20 December. The festive staging will include extracts from fairy-tale opera favourites including Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, as well as rousing tunes from Royal Opera repertory classics including Puccini’s La bohème, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols to bring out the full seasonal spirit.

Soloists Jennifer Davis, Hanna Hipp, Jeremy White and Roderick Williams perform, as well as Stephanie Wake-Edwards and Dominic Sedgwick, with the combined forces of the Royal Opera Chorus, Jette Parker Young Artists and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in this wonderful Yuletide celebration.

Christmas at a glance:

The Royal Opera: Christmas Concert

18, 19, 20 December 7pm GMT

20 December 3pm

Livestream Friday 18 December 7pm GMT, £10

Tickets: £4 to £75

The Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker

11, 12, 13, 19, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 December, 1, 2, 3 January 2pm GMT

15, 16, 17 December 7pm GMT

24 December 12pm GMT

Casting to be announced in due course.

Tickets: £5 – £100

Royal Opera House Insight – The Nutcracker in Rehearsal

Streamed event.

Tuesday 1 December 7pm GMT

Free to watch online via http://www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse

For more information, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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The Royal Opera House Cinema Festival – 3 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

The Royal Opera House will launch its first ever Cinema Festival on Monday 3 December in the newly refurbished Linbury Theatre. Children can go free to all Saturday and Sunday cinema matinée performances and to The Nutcracker on 3 December. The Cinema Festival will feature 21 titles that celebrate the breadth of ballet and opera repertory shown in cinemas since the Royal Opera House’s first broadcast ten years ago.

Specially curated, free-for-children screenings include The Nutcracker live (3 December, 7.15pm), La Fille mal gardée (8 December, 2pm), The Magic Flute (9 December, 4pm), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (15 December, 2pm), Cendrillon (16 December, 4pm), both Anthony Dowell’s and Liam Scarlett’s versions of Swan Lake (22 December, 2pm, and 5 January, 2pm, respectively), The Winter’s Tale (23 December, 4pm) and Romeo and Juliet (29 December, 2pm). Richard Jones’s staging of La bohème (30 December, 4pm) and Giselle which brings the cinema festival to an end on 6 January at 4pm.

Further highlights include The Royal Ballet’s Sylvia (7 December, 7pm, featuring former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell and Guest Artist Roberto Bolle), John Copley’s acclaimed Royal Opera production of La bohème (8 December, 7pm, featuring Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai), La traviata featuring soprano Renée Fleming and tenor Joseph Calleja (15 December, 7pm), Otello (21 December, 7pm, featuring German tenor Jonas Kaufmann) and Manon, featuring current Royal Ballet Principals Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov (28 December, 7pm).

Cinema festival audiences will be the first visitors to enjoy the brand new, state-of-the-art Linbury Theatre, which opens in January 2019.

Tickets cost £10-£17 for adults and are free for children aged 5 to 15 years old for The Nutcracker on 3 December and all Saturday and Sunday matinee performances. There is a maximum of two children with any one adult.

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Review : The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House – 8th December 2015

The Nutcracker. Alexander Campbell as The Nutcracker. ©ROH 2015. Photographed by Tristram Kenton

Nutcracker, Alexander Campbell – photo Tristram Kenton

It is always a sign of the festive season when productions of The Nutcracker begin to appear on stages all over the world. One of the most lavish productions in London is The Royal Ballet performances at the Royal Opera House which are based on Peter Wright’s classic production. Remarkably considering it is one of the most popular ballets in the world, the original 1892 production of Nutcracker was considered too lavish and dull and was widely criticised. Subsequent productions have led to its prominence in the ballet repertory but many have had problems bringing the two acts into a coherent whole. Peter Wright’s solution was to make Drosselmeyer a central figure who guides us through the story.

NUTCRACKER;The Royal Ballet, Drosselmeyer; GARY AVIS, Clara; MEAGHAN GRACE HINKIS, The Sugar Plum Fairy; ROBERA MARQUEZ, The Prince; STEVEN McRAE, NUTCRACKER;The Royal Ballet, Drosselmeyer; GARY AVIS, Clara; MEAGHAN GRACE HINKIS, The Sugar Plum Fai

The Nutcracker,Gary Avis as Herr Drosslemeyer ROH photo Bill Cooper

In this production, the charismatic magician, Herr Drosselmeyer ( Gary Avis ) is facing the dilemma of having his nephew turned into a Nutcracker by a vengeful Queen of the Mice. The only way the spell can be broken is for the Nutcracker to slay the Mouse King and to win the love of a young girl despite his unattractive appearance.

It is at the Stahlbaums’ Christmas party that the magic really begins with a levitating child, explosions, magic tricks and a spectacular, growing Christmas tree. Clara (Francesca Hayward) is full of naive charm as she joins with the enthusiastic Nutcracker/Hans Peter (Alexander Campbell ) to carry out the magician’s plot. The always enjoyable fight between the mice and the toy soldiers allow the young members of the production to show their talents before the enchanting Waltz of the Snowflakes closes the first act.

The Nutcracker. Steven McRae as The Prince. Iana Salenko as the Sugar Plum Fairy. ©ROH 2015. Photographed by Tris

The Nutcracker-Steven Mcrae as the Prince, Iana Salenko as the Sugar Plum Fairy ROH photo Tristram Kenton

If the first act is full of theatrical magic , the second act concentrates more on the dancing with the iconic Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Sugar Plum Fairy (Iana Salenko) and her Prince (Steven MacRae) delighted the audience before a series of divertissements that allowed other members of The Royal Ballet to display their considerable skills.

Julia Trevelyan Oman’s set designs draws the audience into a fantasy 19th-century Christmas which sparkles and delights, however all the visuals delights of the production are complimented by Tchaikovsky’s magical score played with considerable panache by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House led by Boris Gruzin.

This really is a ballet that provides plenty of stunning entertainment for young and old, this ever popular Nutcracker revival is a delightful introduction to ballet and provides a wonderful showcase for all the different age groups of the Royal Ballet company. The Nutcracker runs from 8th December until 14th January and if you cannot make a live performance it will  also be seen in cinemas across the world as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema season on 16 December 2015.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House – 8th December 2015 to 14th January 2016

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Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score was commissioned by the director of the Russian Imperial Theatres, following the resounding success of The Sleeping Beauty in 1890. Marius Petipa created the scenario, which is based on a fairytale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Lev Ivanov provided the choreography. The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It initially had a poor reception, but its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music has since made it one of the best-loved of all ballets.

Peter Wright’s classic production sets  the stage with plenty of theatrical magic – a Christmas tree grows before our eyes, toy soldiers come to life to fight the villainous Mouse King and Clara is taken to the Kingdom of Sweets on a golden sleigh. Tchaikovsky’s score contains some of the best-known music in ballet, from the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs draw upon 19th-century images of Christmas, making this a wonderful  production for the festive season.

The Story centres around Clara, a young girl, who creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. But a mysterious magician, Drosselmeyer, is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.
After defeating the Mouse King, The Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to an amazing display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Running time

The performance will last for 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 30 minute interval.

Guidance

This production is suitable for children 5 years old and over

Music

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Original scenario

Marius Petipa

Performed by The Royal Ballet

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