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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?

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 closed.

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 16 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).

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

12 January 2017, 2.30pm

All ages

Roundhouse and The Royal Ballet join forces to present ZooNation's exuberant take on the madcap characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join us for a fast-paced production using hip hop dance and theatre to explore our perceptions of mental illness. This appropriation of a classic text allows students to examine cultural, social and gender perspectives through themes that remain as relevant today as when the novel was written.

Applications now open – complete the online form. Closing date Sunday 30 October.

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