It’s time for some festive fun with the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker!

A nighttime, external shot of the Royal Opera House, LondonThe Royal Opera House, home of the world-renowned Royal Ballet, is playing host to the most famous festive production of all time this winter, The Nutcracker, with 9 performances between the 2nd and 16th January 2014.

This classic, much-loved ballet was created by Marius Petipa, based on a fairytale by E. T. A Hoffman, and was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Peter Wright’s direction with score by Tchaikovsky and Trevelyan Oman’s 19th century Christmas stage design make The Nutcracker a classic production for the festive season.

The story begins with a Christmas party hosted by the parents of a little girl named Clara, who receives a Nutcracker doll from a magician named Drosselmeyer.  When all of the guests have left and the house is silent, Clara discovers that the Nutcracker is enchanted and is swept away on a magical adventure.

The Nutcracker is now showing at the Royal Opera House until January 16th.  Tickets for the event cost from £8 and are available from the Royal Opera House website.

After the majestic performance, why not come on over to DUKES London for some rest and relaxation and enjoy a culinary delight in our ever-popular restaurant?

Image courtesy of Peter Suranyi

Romeo and Juliet at The Royal Opera House: it’s coming!

An internal shot of the Royal Opera House, LondonMid-October marks the debut of the Royal Ballet’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy; Romeo and Juliet at the beautiful London Royal Opera House.

The classic play combines the themes of power within society and the inevitability of fate in this ultimate tale of forbidden love.  The Royal Ballet’s performance highlights the plight of the two star-crossed lovers as they embark on their love affair in the form of a stunning ballet.

Choreographed by the esteemed Kenneth MacMillan, this version of Romeo and Juliet focuses on the ‘emotional and psychological intensity at the heart of the tale’.  Widely known as his masterpiece, MacMillan’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965, and has been performed worldwide over 400 times.

The much-loved play begins its seven week-long programme on Saturday 19th October, and tickets are already selling out. Book your tickets and make a weekend of it by staying with us at DUKES – and making use of one of our many room and suite offers!

Image courtesy of FA2010