The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

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Peter Wright's dazzling production for The Royal Ballet brings to life the magical festive tale of The Nutcracker to London's Royal Opera House. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker follows a young Clara, who creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present. But when she goes downstairs, the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her away on a spectacular adventure.

From defeating the Mouse King to travelling to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets, The Nutcracker is the magical tale that really brings Christmas to life. See the Sugar Plum Fairy in an amazing display of dances! Don't miss out!

 
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Booking until 12 January 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Il Trovatore

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London's Royal Opera House premieres the first ever revival of David Bösch’s new production Il trovatore, featuring two casts starring Maria Agresta, Lianna Haroutounian, Anita Rachvelishvili and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Il trovatore follows a tangled love triangle; the Count di Luna loves Leonora, but she loves Manrico, the Count's staunch military enemy. Manrico’s mother tells him a tale of how her mother was burnt to death for supposed witchcraft against the Count’s baby brother. Capturing Manrico and Azucena, the Leonora promises the Count that if they give them their freedom, she will promise herself to him. But all is not as it seems and tragedy quickly arises.
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Booking from 13 December 2016 until 9 February 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

Woolf Works

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Wayne McGregor brings his ballet triptych dance piece to the Royal Opera House London. Three movements are each inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novels – ‘I now, I then’ from Mrs Dalloway, ‘Becomings’ from Orlando and ‘Tuesday’ from The Waves. Met with critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, Woolf Works received the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and McGregor won the Critics' Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography.

An artistic, heartfelt performance, Woolf Works combines modern realism with Woolf's world of harsh granite. A unique take on the human body, McGregor's heralded production is not one to be missed.
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Booking from 21 January 2017 until 14 February 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes including int

The Sleeping Beauty - Royal Ballet

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Based on the classic fairy-tale, The Sleeping Beauty is a regularly-revived production in the Royal Ballet's repertory. The Sleeping Beauty originally opened the Royal Opera House in 1946 at its new home in Covent Garden. Choreographed by Marius Pepita, with sections by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon, the ballet contains Tchaikovsky’s masterful score.

When Carabosse is not invited to Princess Aurora's treasured christening, she curses the child with a spindle that she will inevitably prick her finger on and die at the tender age of sixteen. The Lilac Fairy repels the curse with a spell that means Aurora will fall into a deep slumber that can only be awaken by a prince. On her 16th birthday, Aurora pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep. When Prince Florimund arrives, he wakes Aurora with a kiss and they fall in love.

 

 
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Booking from 15 February 2017 until 14 March 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

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History

Originally named the Theatre Royal, the Royal Opera House has existed since the 18th Century, with the first site built in 1732, making it one of the oldest theatrical locations in Europe.

The Opera House first opened in 1734 with a ballet. George Frideric Handel’s operatic seasons began just a year later, with many of his famous pieces written especially for the Covent Garden venue. Handel’s seasons included early showings of Atlanta (1736) and Bernice (1737).

Alongside operas, the venue was largely used as a playhouse, with shows often running in rep with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The theatre has been twice destroyed by raging fires; first in 1808 and again in 1857. Between the two fires the theatre was rebuilt and mainly housed operas, ballets and pantomimes.

After the theatre was destroyed by fire again, the third and final theatre was built in 1958, official taking the name of the Royal Opera House in 1892. Things ran smoothly at the theatre for just over 20 years until the outbreak of World War I, when the theatre was used as a furniture repository.

The theatre has a brief active period in peacetime between the wars however it was soon converted to a dance hall throughout the World War II.

After an agreement laid out by the Covent Garden Opera Trust, the Royal Opera House was re-established with a production of The Sleeping Beauty (1946), and the first production from the Covent Garden Opera Company, Carmen (1947). Both the ballet company and the CGOC were to become the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera in 1968.

The theatre was largely renovated and reconstructed, reopening in 1999. Since the turn of the millennium, the theatre has continued to act as its own producing house, with the Royal Opera House’s first ever West End transfer, The Wind in the Willows, which runs at the Duchess Theatre throughout the winter of 2013/14.

Past Shows

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Les Contes d'Hoffmann
(closed 3 Dec 2016)
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La Fille Mal Gardee - The Royal Ballet
(closed 22 Oct 2016)
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Cosi Fan Tutte
(closed 19 Oct 2016)

 
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The Winter's Tale
(closed 10 Jun 2016)
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Oedipe
(closed 8 Jun 2016)
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Frankenstein
(closed 27 May 2016)

 
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Tannhäuser
(closed 15 May 2016)
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Swan Lake
(closed 7 Apr 2015)
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Tosca
(closed 26 Jun 2014)

 
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Sleeping Beauty - Royal Ballet
(closed 9 Apr 2014)
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Turnadot
(closed 10 Mar 2014)
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The Nutcracker- Royal Ballet
(closed 16 Jan 2014)