THE ROYAL BALLET’S NUTCRACKER RETURNS IN A FLURRY OF CHRISTMAS SPARKLE

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OCTOBER 2015


THE NUTCRACKER
RETURNS IN A FLURRY OF

CHRISTMAS SPARKLE

Tuesday 8 December – Thursday 14 January

ROH Live Cinema Wednesday 16 December, Encore Screening Sunday 27 December

 

The Nutcracker is a festive family favourite that has delighted and enthralled audiences for over 30 years and is returning to the Royal Opera House this December.

Peter Wright’s enchanting production first opened in 1984 with Royal Ballet greats Lesley Collier and Anthony Dowell dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince. This Season features debuts from Principal Dancer Vadim Muntagirov as the Prince and Guest Artist Iana Salenko as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Soloists and dancers from the corps de ballet are given the opportunity to take centre stage in the roles of Clara and Hans-Peter/the Nutcracker. Making their debuts this Season are First Artist Leticia Stock and Artist Anna Rose O’Sullivan as Clara and Soloists Luca Acri and Marcelino Sambé as Hans-Peter/the Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker tells the story of Drosselmeyer, a mysterious magician and maker of mechanical toys, who longs to break a curse that has turned his nephew into a nutcracker doll. With the help of a young girl, Clara, they embark on a magical adventure battling the Mouse King and his army and travelling to the faraway Kingdom of the Sweets and the Land of Snow.

Peter Wright says, ‘I’m very happy that my Nutcracker is still so loved after more than 30 years. Most of the credit has to go to composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky for his superb music and to the late Julia Trevelyan Oman for her designs. But it is really The Royal Ballet dancers and staff, led by ballet master Christopher Carr, who make the magic happen’.

Tchaikovsky’s intoxicating score contains some of the best-known melodies in ballet. Coupled with spectacular designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman that hark back to a traditional 19th-century Christmas, this is a truly magical production for the festive season. The Nutcracker runs from December until January and can also be seen in cinemas across the world as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema season on 16 December.

 

Generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

 

The Nutcracker
Tuesday 8 December – Thursday 14 January
Royal Opera House

8, 9, 11, 14, 16†, 21 December at 7.30pm

12 December at 7.00pm

17 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

18, 22, 24, 29 December, 2 January at 12.30pm

23, 28 December at 2.00pm & 7.00pm

31 December at 12.00 & 5.00pm

5, 6, 8, 13, 14 January at 7.30pm

9 January at 1.00pm

†Live Cinema Relay

 

Royal Opera House Nutcracker Afternoon Tea

 

With sandwiches, scones, premium teas and the option of a glass of champagne, a teatime table in the Crush Room or Paul Hamlyn Hall is the perfect way to complete a festive visit to the Royal Opera House. The Nutcracker Afternoon Tea includes rum and vanilla drum cake, Opéra Gâteau, white chocolate and Perigord truffle, and a dark chocolate walnut. For children, the menu includes a magical popping candy Christmas tree cupcake, candy cane meringue, and toy soldier gingerbread biscuit.

 

Prices

Paul Hamlyn Hall (Non-performance days)

Adults £42.50 / Children £18.75

Crush Room (Matinees)

Adults £37.50 / Children £18.75

Book online via www.roh.org.uk/tea or by phone on +44 (0)20 7212 9254

 

The Nutcracker pre-performance talks

8, 16 December 2015, 8 January 2016 at 6.30pm-7pm

Clore Studio Upstairs

A fascinating introduction to the production before curtain up.

£5/£2.50

 

Choreography                         Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

Music                                       Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Original Scenario                    Marius Petipa after E.T.A Hoffman’s Nussnacker und Mausekönig

Production and Scenario        Peter Wright

Designer                                  Julia Trevelyan Oman

Lighting Designer                   Mark Henderson

Production Consultant                       Roland John Wiley

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

 

CASTING                

Sugar Plum Fairy, the Prince

Clara, Hans Peter/the Nutcrakcer

Drosslemeyer

8 Dec / 14 Dec Iana Salenko*, Steven McRae

Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell

Gary Avis

9 Dec Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov*

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Ricardo Cervera

Christopher Saunders

11 Dec / 16 Dec† Lauren Cuthbertson, Matthew Golding

Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell

Gary Avis

12 Dec Laura Morera, Federico Bonelli

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Ricardo Cervera

Christopher Saunders

17 Dec (mat) Sarah Lamb, Valeri Hristov

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Ricardo Cervera

Thomas Whitehead*

17 Dec (eve) Laura Morera, Federico Bonelli

Anna Rose O’Sullivan*, James Hay

Christopher Saunders

18 Dec (mat) Lauren Cuthbertson, Matthew Golding

Emma Maguire, Tristan Dyer

Gary Avis

21 Dec Laura Morera, Federico Bonelli

Emma Maguire, Tristan Dyer

Christopher Saunders

22 Dec (mat) Sarah Lamb, Valeri Hristov

Anna Rose O’Sullivan, James Hay

Thomas Whitehead

23 Dec (mat) Iana Salenko, Steven McRae

Emma Maguire, Tristan Dyer

Alastair Marriott

23 Dec (eve) Akane Takada, Valentino Zucchetti

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Paul Kay

Bennet Gartside

24 Dec (mat) / 28 Dec (mat) Yuhui Choe, Alexander Campbell

Leticia Stock*, Marcelino Sambé*

Will Tuckett

28 Dec (eve) Fumi Kaneko, Nehemiah Kish

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Paul Kay

Christopher Saunders

29 Dec (mat) Hikaru Kobayashi, Ryoichi Hirano

Emma Maguire, Tristan Dyer

Alastair Marriott

31 Dec (mat) Fumi Kaneko, Nehemiah Kish

Leticia Stock, Marcelino Sambé

Will Tuckett

31 Dec (eve) Yuhui Choe, Alexander Campbell

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Paul Kay

Bennet Gartside

2 Jan (mat) Hikaru Kobayashi, Ryoichi Hirano

Emma Maguire, Luca Acri*

Bennet Gartside

5 Jan Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov

Francesca Hayward, Valentino Zucchetti

Will Tuckett

6 Jan Akane Takada, Valeri Hristov

Emma Maguire, Luca Acri

Bennet Gartside

8 Jan / 14 Jan Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov

Francesca Hayward, Valentino Zucchetti

Gary Avis

9 Jan (mat) Fumi Kaneko, Nehemiah Kish

Anna Rose O’Sullivan, James Hay

Alastair Marriott

13 Jan Akane Takada, Valeri Hristov

Anna Rose O’Sullivan, James Hay

Alastair Marriott

*Role debut

†Live Cinema, Wednesday 16 December

 
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