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Royal Opera House Live: The Nutcracker

2 hours and 45 minutes (including one interval).

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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ROH Live: Like Water for Chocolate

3 hours and 10 minutes (inc interval)

A co-production between The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, inspired by Laura Esquivel’s novel. This modern Mexican classic is a captivating family saga.

Tita lives with her family on a ranch in Mexico. She falls in love with Pedro. But when they want to marry, family tradition prevents it. Tita must remain unmarried in order to care for her mother.

Tita’s love for cooking is such that her own emotions are transmitted to others through the food she prepares. As her moods change in response to events in her life, the consequences for all those around her become ever more startling…

Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra also acts as musical consultant for composer Joby Talbot’s newly commissioned score. Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon worked closely with novelist Laura Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story into an entertaining and engrossing new ballet.

Suitable for ages 12+ years


‘Not all choreographers are good directors, but Christopher Wheeldon is. Even when dealing with a tricky text such as Laura Esquivel’s magical realist novel Like Water for Chocolate, his is a steady hand. His choreography seems in a telepathic relationship with the melody and mystery of Joby Talbot’s score, while Bob Crowley’s designs, inspired by Mexican architect Luis Barragán, give a sense of heat and isolation, and some visually arresting coups de theatre’ ★★★★ The Guardian

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ROH Live: Like Water for Chocolate

3 hours and 10 minutes (inc interval)

A co-production between The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, inspired by Laura Esquivel’s novel. This modern Mexican classic is a captivating family saga.

Tita lives with her family on a ranch in Mexico. She falls in love with Pedro. But when they want to marry, family tradition prevents it. Tita must remain unmarried in order to care for her mother.

Tita’s love for cooking is such that her own emotions are transmitted to others through the food she prepares. As her moods change in response to events in her life, the consequences for all those around her become ever more startling…

Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra also acts as musical consultant for composer Joby Talbot’s newly commissioned score. Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon worked closely with novelist Laura Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story into an entertaining and engrossing new ballet.

Suitable for ages 12+ years


‘Not all choreographers are good directors, but Christopher Wheeldon is. Even when dealing with a tricky text such as Laura Esquivel’s magical realist novel Like Water for Chocolate, his is a steady hand. His choreography seems in a telepathic relationship with the melody and mystery of Joby Talbot’s score, while Bob Crowley’s designs, inspired by Mexican architect Luis Barragán, give a sense of heat and isolation, and some visually arresting coups de theatre’ ★★★★ The Guardian

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National Theatre Live: The Crucible

by Arthur Miler

directed by Lyndsey Turner

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma).

Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power.  As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.

Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

‘The National at its best’ ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph

‘Really great… digs deep into the play’s questions of human longing for justice’ ★★★★★ Daily Mail

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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National Theatre Live: The Crucible

by Arthur Miler

directed by Lyndsey Turner

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma).

Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power.  As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.

Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

‘The National at its best’ ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph

‘Really great… digs deep into the play’s questions of human longing for justice’ ★★★★★ Daily Mail

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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National Theatre Live: Othello

by William Shakespeare

directed by Clint Dyer

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwean (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost. 

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.  

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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National Theatre Live: Othello

by William Shakespeare

directed by Clint Dyer

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwean (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost. 

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.  

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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