The Royal Ballet’s signature production of The Sleeping Beauty revived over 70 years after it was first performed at the Royal Opera House.

Ninette de Valois’ production of Coppélia returns to Covent Garden for the first time since 2005.

The Royal Opera presents the world premiere of The Lost Thing in the Linbury Theatre, a co-production and co-commission with Candoco Dance Company.

The Royal Opera celebrates 25 years of Richard Eyre’s La traviata this Christmas.

The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be broadcast in cinemas all over the UK from Tuesday 17 December.

This festive season, The Royal Ballet’s signature production of The Sleeping Beauty returns to the Royal Opera House. First presented at Covent Garden in 1946 after the post-war re-opening of the Royal Opera House, this three-act ballet was fully restored to the Company’s repertory in 2006, incorporating original designs by Oliver Messel and Tchaikovsky’s ground-breaking score. Featuring choreography from Marius Petipa, Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon, the production includes an array of virtuoso sequences, including the Rose Adage, celebrated as one of the most challenging solos in the classical ballet repertory, and a sequence made famous by The Royal Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Dame Margot Fonteyn. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas on Thursday 16 January 2020.

Coppélia makes a welcome return to the Royal Opera House this winter. Charming, funny and full of joy, the ballet is the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family, and will also be live streamed to cinemas on Tuesday 10 December. Based on E.T.A Hoffman’s story Der Sandmann, Coppélia follows toymaker Dr Coppélius who brings to life a mechanical doll called Coppélia. Sweethearts Swanilda and Franz’s love for each other is challenged when Franz falls for the doll mistaking her as a human. Coppélia was first staged by The Royal Ballet by Ninette De Valois, founder of The Royal Ballet, and the intricate choreography showcases the technical precision and comic timing of the whole Company.

The Royal Opera’s first production in the festive season is the world premiere of The Lost Thing, a musical reimagining of Shaun Tan’s beautifully illustrated book about a boy who helps a lost thing find its way home. In this enchanting collaboration between Candoco Dance Company and The Royal Opera, a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians, come together to tell a story about how we are all connected.

This Christmas, one of the most famous operas, Verdi’s La traviata, returns to the Royal Opera House. Richard Eyre’s magnificent production, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, perfectly encapsulates the colour, glamour and splendour of 19th century Paris as tragedy unfolds in this powerful drama. The winter season continues with La Bohème, Puccini’s tragic opera of young lovers on Christmas Eve.

Cinema audiences can enjoy a double bill of festivity as Coppelia will also be live broadcast in cinemas on Tuesday 10 December with an encore screening on Sunday 15 December. This shortly followed by Peter Wright’s interpretation The Nutcracker from 2016 which is broadcast in cinemas from 17 December featuring Lauren Cuthbertson as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Federico Bonelli as The Prince, Francesca Hayward as Clara and Alexander Campbell as Hans-Peter/ The Nutcracker.

Families can make, sing, dance and take part in a variety of workshops at the Family Sunday on 8th December (11am to 3.30pm). The festive day will feature exclusive pop-up performance, crafts and a chance to try out opera or ballet.

Whether you are going to the opera, a ballet production or one of the amazing front of house activities at the Royal Opera House this Christmas, finish your visit with a trip to the fabulous shop. If you are looking for gifts for foodies, interior-lovers, accessory fanatics, or the kids this Christmas, the Royal Opera House shop has something special for everyone, including a limited-edition Ballet Biscuit Box from The Biscuiteers, Rory Hutton designs, Rachel Vosper candles and exclusively designed china from Timorous Beasties.


7 November 2019 – 16 January 2020
ROH Live Cinema Thursday 16 January
Tickets: £8 - £145

Production sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Generous philanthropic support from Kenneth and Susan Green, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, Rena and Sandro Lavery and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

Original production (2006) made possible by The Linbury Trust, Sir Simon and Lady Robertson and Marina Hobson OBE


28 November 2019 – 7 January 2020
ROH Live Cinema Tuesday 10 December 2019
Tickets: £5 - £120

Generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet (Production Principal), John and Susan Burns, the Coppélia Production Syndicate and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund




7 December 2019 – 4 January 2020
Tickets: £7 - £35

Generous philanthropic support from the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund

Schools’ matinee Generously supported by Mrs Philip Kan



17 December 2019 – 23 March 2020
Tickets: £11 - £225

The afternoon performance on 1 February 2020 will be BSL interpreted

FAMILY SUNDAY, Sunday 8 December 2019

11am to 3pm

Tickets: £8 - £10

Family Sundays are generously supported by the Mohn Westlake foundation