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Schools' Matinees

Introduce your students to the world’s best ballet and opera for only £7.50.

Full-length performances just for young people, reaching over 10,000 school children from across the UK every season.

Receive support with travel costs for schools travelling from outside of London.

What's on? | Key information | Planning your visit

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Supported by The Taylor Family Foundation.

What's on?

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

26 September 2016, 11.30am
British Sign Language Interpreted

Secondary only

Rossini’s masterpiece tells the story of Figaro, the Barber, in a tale of love and mistaken identity. The production combines elegant orchestral writing with drama and farce to create this well-loved comic opera.

Applications now closed

10-11am | participatory workshop on physical comedy and the role of slapstick in comic opera

La Fille mal gardée

29 September 2016, 12 noon

Primary only

Frederick Ashton’s final full length ballet is a joyous and witty story of love and rural life which includes dancing chickens and comic clog-dancing. The ballet is full of the energy and romance which has made it a longstanding favourite of The Royal Ballet.

Applications now closed

10.15-11.15am | participatory dance workshop based on Ashton’s choreography for La Fille mal gardée.

The Nutcracker

23 November 2016, 12.30pm

Primary only

Tchaikovsky’s festive ballet tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who is given an enchanted nutcracker doll. The doll comes to life and leads Clara into a battle with the Mouse King, and travels through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Applications now open - complete the online form. Closing date Sunday 9 October.

10.30-11.30am | an opportunity to create a short alternative version of The Nutcracker (booking request can be made via application).

Il trovatore

1 December 2016, 11.30am

Secondary only

Verdi’s dramatic opera examines conflict on both a grand and domestic scale. The story of a troubadour is told in a poetic staging full of contrast, blood, snow, darkness and light.

Applications now open - complete the online form. Closing date Sunday 9 October.

10–11am | learn a chorus from the opera and work with a director and operatic soloists to stage a scene from Il trovatore (booking request can be made via application).

Madama Butterfly

20 March 2017, 12 noon

Primary only

A tragic tale of love, betrayal, and colonialism set in Japan. This opera includes some of the finest writing and heartbreaking melodies in Puccini’s repertoire.

Booking opens 9 January 2017

10.15–11.15am | a participatory singing workshop introducing the themes and sounds of the opera and creating a soundscape version (booking request can be made via application).

After the Rain / New Crystal Pite

21 March 2017, 1pm

Secondary only

A celebration of contemporary ballet with a mixed programme that includes a world premiere.

Booking opens 9 January 2017