Royal Opera House – 2020 – The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker

 The Royal Ballet – Recorded 2016

 Global screening date: 10 December

 Starring: Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell

 Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

 Original scenario: Marius Petipa

 Production and scenario: Peter Wright

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Recorded in 2016, this special performance celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday, and will be broadcast with new features.

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.

The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker’s life – so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy – and the Mouse King is defeated. In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances. The next morning, Clara’s adventures seem to have been more than just a dream.

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.

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.

Celebrate classic Royal Opera House productions this Autumn in cinemas across the globe

Today the Royal Opera House is excited to announce its Autumn Winter 2020 Cinema Season, broadcasting four opera and ballet favourites to cinemas across the globe in collaboration with event cinema distributor, Trafalgar Releasing.

The Season opens on 20 October with The Royal Ballet’s Giselle, a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and a love that transcends death. Recorded in 2016, this much-loved classical ballet stars Principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov.  Looking ahead to 10 December, The Nutcracker, also recorded in 2016, makes a welcome return to cinema screens. Peter Wright’s spectacular production has been enchanting children and adults since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. This performance features Principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell.

In November, the Royal Opera’s much-loved productions – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Verdi’s Macbeth make a return to the big screen.  Manon Lescaut premiered in 1893 and was Puccini’s first major triumph, this production by Jonathan Kent from 2014 is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Maltman and Kristine Opolais. Verdi’s Macbeth is inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy and is conducted by Antonio Pappano. The magnificent cast includes Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and was recorded in 2018.

The Royal Opera House global cinema season offers audiences the best seat in the house exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and close-ups of performers.

About the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House wants to give everyone access to exceptional ballet and opera. As The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, we bring together the world’s most extraordinary artists in more than 500 performances every year on our two stages.

Across the 2018/19 Season we welcomed more than one million people through our doors as ticketholders, participants in our programme of free and ticketed daytime events, and as visitors to our bars, cafes, restaurants and shop. A further one million people enjoyed our work in cinemas, at free screenings and through streamed and televised performances up and down the UK. Our ongoing partnership with the BBC saw 11 of our productions broadcast across their platforms last Season.

During the 2018/19 Season our three flagship ROH learning programmes – Create and Sing, Create and Dance and Design and Make – supported teachers from 1,394 schools, 81% of which were outside London, bringing arts to children and young people the length and breadth of the country.