London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

 

Dance

The Nutcracker (Royal Opera House)

The Nutcracker (Royal Opera House)

2016 performance to be made available via online stream.

 

Peter Wright's interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov's 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky's sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

 

Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

 

Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright's choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet's original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.


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Venue Details

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9DD


Box Office
020 7304 4000

Nearest tube
Covent Garden

Directions
Map

More info
Website

Dates
27 December 2020 - 21 January 2021

Times
Online

Prices
£16.00

Other notes
The performance lasts about 2 hours



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