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The Nutcracker crackles with Christmas spirit
To mark the tenth anniversary of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season, the Linbury Theatre will be turned into a cinema for a five-week festival over Christmas.
The season opens with a live screening of The Nutcracker on 3 December. A young girl receives a gift of a wooden nutcracker doll which comes to life, leading her on an enchanted adventure, in this Christmas classic set to music by Tchaikovsky. This production of The Nutcracker can also be seen on the main stage from 3 December 2018 to 15 January.
A special offer for 11 family-friendly weekend matinees allows free entry for children aged 5 to 15. These include The Nutcracker LIVE, La Fille mal gardée, The Magic Flute, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Cendrillon, Swan Lake, The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, La Bohème and Giselle. Free tickets are limited to two under-15s per adult.
The festival presents 20 screenings of great operas and ballets, introduced by Royal Opera House staff and artists. Highlights of the programme include John Copley's Royal Opera production of La Bohème, La Traviata featuring Renée Fleming and Joseph Calleja, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann singing the title role in Verdi's Otello.