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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy); Steven McRae (The Prince); Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer); Iohna Loots (Clara); Ricardo Cervera (Nephew / Nutcracker);

"All in all a fine performance of a justified favourite is given the presentation it deserves." (Musicweb International)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Lauren Cuthbertson (The Sugar Plum Fairy); Federico Bonelli (The Prince); Francesca Hayward (Clara); Alexander Campbell (Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker); Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer);

"fresh and reinvigorated - Nutcrackers come and Nutcrackers go but the Royal Ballet's version is a hardy perennial. Peter Wright's version of Lev Ivanov's original 1892 ballet has undergone changes since its debut in 1984 but it remains the one by which all others must be judged." (The Stage ★★★★★)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Dutch National Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Dutch National Ballet)

Sofiane Sylve (Aurora); Gaël Lambiotte (Prince Siegfried);

"Nobility and refinement in a unique production...With it’s lush sets and costumes, and the gold covered glittering castle, The Sleeping Beauty is still the most beautiful thing ever to appear on Dutch stages." (NRC Handelsblad)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)

Marianela Nuñez (Princess Aurora); Vadim Muntagirov (Prince Florimund); Kristen McNally (Carabosse); Claire Calvert (Lilac Fairy); Christopher Saunders (King Florestan XXIV); Elizabeth McGorian (The Queen); Alastair Marriott (Cattalabutte);

"Tchaikovsky's most majestic ballet gets the royal treatment - With contributions from no fewer than four choreographers the Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty certainly gives you more bang for your bucks. Marius Petipa's original work has been augmented in such a way by Frederick Ashton, Christopher Wheeldon and Anthony Dowell that it seems made of whole cloth. Similarly, Oliver Messel's designs – towering arches, fairytale forests – have been deliciously heightened by Peter Farmer to the point of timelessness. The costumes never fail to amaze, reflecting three different eras with the exception of the Master of Ceremonies who remains above – or beneath - fashion." (The Stage ★★★★★)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

Alina Cojocaru (Aurora); Federico Bonelli (Florimund); Marianela Nuñez (Lilac Fairy); Genesia Rosato (Carabosse);

"Alina Cojocaru’s Aurora was the ballet’s radiant centrepiece, charming, in control and filled with a palpable delight in every pretty step." (The Times)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

Viviana Durante (Princess Aurora); Zoltán Solymosi (Prince Florimund); Anthony Dowell (Carabosse); Benazir Hussein (Lilac Fairy);

"Viviana Durante, who replaces the injured Darcey Bussell, is outstanding as Aurora. Radiant and youthful, she dances with an ease and naturalness that is enchanting. She also takes astonishing risks, holding a difficult balance for an extra few seconds while maintaining immaculately clean lines." (The Evening Standard)