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Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat

Thanks to the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treats, thousands of families who had not previously been to a performance at the Royal Opera House have been able to enjoy opera and ballet at the famous Covent Garden theatre, with many returning again and again.

Each year, we fill the auditorium with an invited audience who have not experienced ballet at the Royal Opera House before. Last year we partnered with a network of arts and health charities, and medical practitioners using ‘social prescription’ to treat a range of long-term health conditions. In the past we have celebrated the centenary of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and partnered with The Sun newspaper.

For the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat 2017 we invited a new audience of teachers and their families to the Royal Opera House to see our iconic production of The Nutcracker and enjoy a morning of activity designed to open up the world of the ballet to newcomers. As well as opening access to families new to opera and ballet, we hope to build long-term relationships with teachers who can open up the world of opera and ballet to their students for many years to come.

Read more about the wide range of projects and opportunities available to schools.

Teachers can register for updates on our work with schools here.

The Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust, in memory of the late Paul Hamlyn. Please direct any questions about the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat 2017 to the Community Engagement Team by calling +44 (0)207 212 9684 or emailing

Find out more information about The Helen Hamlyn Trust.