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Oct 2018

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Tchaikovsky: The Ballets (The Royal Ballet)

Natalia Osipova (Odette/Odile (Swan Lake)); Matthew Golding (Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake)); Lauren Cuthbertson (The Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker)); Federico Bonelli (The Prince (The Nutcracker)); Francesca Hayward (Clara (The Nutcracker)); Alexander Campbell (Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker); Marianela Nuñez (Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty)); Vadim Muntagirov (Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty)); Claire Calvert (Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty));

​This special collection includes three Royal Ballet performances ofTchaikovsky’s beloved masterpieces: Anthony Dowell’s majesticproduction of the beautiful and romantic tragedy Swan Lake, The SleepingBeauty in its detailed re-creation by Monica Mason of the landmark 1946 production, and Peter Wright’s classic production of the quintessentialChristmas ballet, The Nutcracker. These spectacular and iconic ballets present the virtuosity and skill of the whole Company.

SWAN LAKE (2015)

Odette/Odile - Natalia Osipova

Prince Siegfried - Matthew Golding

The Princess - Elizabeth McGorian

An Evil Spirit - Gary Avis

The Tutor - Alastair Marriott

Benno - Valeri Hristov

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Boris Gruzin


Princess Aurora  - Marianela Nuñez

Prince Florimund - Vadim Muntagirov

Carabosse - Kristen McNally

King Florestan XXIV - Christopher Saunders

The Queen - Elizabeth McGorian

Cattalabutte - Alastair Marriott

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Koen Kessels


The Sugar Plum Fairy - Lauren Cuthbertson

The Prince - Federico Bonelli

Clara - Francesca Hayward

Hans-Peter / The Nutcracker - Alexander Campbell

Herr Drosselmeyer - Gary Avis

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Boris Gruzin


"Osipova was riveting throughout... [Golding] demonstrates real brilliance and prowess." (Swan Lake - The New York Times)

"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. Francesca Hayward dances like a dream child as Clara, expressive, musical and guileless and is ably partnered by Alexander Campbell as Hans-Peter." ((The Nutcracker - The Stage ★★★★★)

"The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, always handsomely traditional, has become a tradition of its own. This revival comes up as bright as the gilding on the Christmas angel’s wings, from the charm of the party scene to the wide-eyed wonder of Francesca Hayward’s young heroine. This year’s performances celebrate the 90th birthday of its producer, Peter Wright. He’s tweaked this version several times since creating it in 1984, moving away from a recreation of the 1892 staging and adding more magic tricks and tweaks to the story. It unfolds with gracious warmth and sparkly detail. Hayward’s Clara is gorgeously spontaneous, always in the moment as she responds to the small dramas of the family Christmas and to the magic journey that whisks her away to the Kingdom of Sweets. Her dancing has a windblown lightness, with flowing line and nuanced musical phrasing. She’s matched by Alexander Campbell as the Nutcracker. Their duet has a delightful sense of discovery. It’s as if the soaring jumps were powered by their excitement at the new world they find themselves in. As the Sugar Plum Fairy, Lauren Cuthbertson shows a new polish, with elegant long limbs and neat feet. As her prince, Federico Bonelli is an attentive partner, and dances his solo with dash." (The Nutcracker - The Independent ★★★★)

"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 Sleeping Beauty - The Stage ★★★★★)

"If you want spectacle at the ballet then this Sleeping Beauty is for you. Based on the opulent production that reopened the Royal Opera House after the Second World War, Monica Mason and Christopher Newton’s staging is a sumptuous homage to the splendour of the French court of Louis XIV. With so much richness on stage, in costumes, sets and the sheer number of courtiers and fairytale characters, the view from the stalls is full to bursting." (The Sleeping Beauty - The Times ★★★★)