The Nutcracker is a family favourite at Christmas time and is one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet. The story of Clara, a girl on a magical Christmas Eve adventure, is accompanied by sparkling music and even dancing sweets! Watch the full company of The Royal Ballet in this much-loved ballet classic.
Starring: Akane Takeda, Cesar Corrales, Chistopher Saunders
Running Time: 260Official Website
An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Musical
Running Time: 156
A young girls love for a tiny puppy named Clifford makes the dog grow to an enormous size
Starring: Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Izaac Wang
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Running Time: 97
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
Starring: Marcellino Sambe, Anna Rose O’Sullivan
Running Time: 195
ANNIVERSARY SCREENING (performed in September 2021) In a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay, Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears sets his scene. In his first work for his own Company, Mears brings Verdi’s masterpiece into the modern world. Verdi’s thrilling Rigoletto pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. This special anniversary screening of Verdi’s Rigoletto celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851. Language:Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running Time: 180
19th-century Paris is a place of contrasts, glamour and superficiality, love and lust, life and death. Courtesan Violetta sings some of Verdi’s most acclaimed arias including the joyous ‘Sempre libera’, in her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera recently celebrated 25 years on the Royal Opera House stage and this year returns with acclaimed opera star Pretty Yende as Violetta. Language:Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running Time: 220
This classic fairytale representsthe battle between good and evil, and theattemptof loveto conquer all. The magic of the lakes, forests and palacesisbrought to life with glittering designs by John Macfarlane and a sublime score by Tchaikovsky.The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous productionof Swan Lakereturns to the Royal Opera House stage after its 2020 revival was interrupted by the pandemic’s closure of theatres. This classic of the repertory is testament to the late choreographer Liam Scarlett’s abiding love of classicism and innate musicality, which shine through this production
Running Time: 200