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Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat 2014

A very special family performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust in memory of the late Paul Hamlyn.

By Simon Magill (Communications Coordinator, Special Projects)

1 September 2014 at 8.00am | 4 Comments

Make your first visit to the Royal Opera House a wonderful experience with tickets at a very special price.

People who have never been to a performance at the Royal Opera House will be able to see The Royal Ballet perform Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Saturday 6 December at 1.30pm from as little as £1.  Other seats are available for £5, £10, £15, £20 and the best seats in the house only £25 per person. There will be a series of fun activities for all ages throughout the building prior to the performance.

Thanks to the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treats, thousands of people 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 – it is time you joined in too.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – what is it all about?

When Alice wanders away from a family tea party, little does she expect to fall down a rabbit hole into a magical world filled with curious creatures.

The Royal Ballet's hugely popular retelling of Lewis Carroll's classic story is back for its first ever Christmas appearance. And what better time could there be to bring the whole family along to share the fun? You'll meet the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and all the other colourful characters you might expect – and be prepared for a few exciting surprises on the way!

Visit the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland production page for more details

Fun stuff before the performance

Before the performance from 10.30am, ticket holders will be able to explore stalls in the Paul Hamlyn Hall which give an insight into what some of our backstage departments do.

Want to make a souvenir to take away with you? Join us to create your very own Wonderland themed Christmas decoration. In the Crush Room, we will have a professional designer and mountains of materials for families to get their hands dirty making something related to Lewis Carroll’s enduring story, even the chance to design your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party cup and saucer set!

Fancy trying on a costume? Our Amphitheatre Restaurant will feature a range of amazing, authentic costumes from both opera and ballet productions. Try something on with your children and take photographs as a memento. Are you a budding musician? We’ll have a professional on-hand throughout the morning who will let you have a go on one of their instruments, and will show you how they sound and how they are played.

Relax to the sounds of our live band and enjoy these free activities throughout the morning and lunchtime before the performance begins at 1.30pm. Arrive early to make sure you can take advantage of them all!

Don't be late for your very important date! 

The Performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is on Saturday 6 December at 1.30pm (doors open at 10.30am for pre-performance activities).

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Some other useful information How do I get to the Royal Opera House? What do I wear? How will I find my seat? What happens if I am late? These and many other questions are answered here.

Food and Drink at the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House Restaurants offer a selection of menus in our bars and restaurants throughout the House and there is something for everyone to choose from. We have children’s menus in each area so that the whole family can fully enjoy the experience.

We are also offering pre-ordered lunch boxes for this event, an adult one priced at £6.95 and a children’s one for £4.95, which have a drink, sandwich, tasty treat, piece of fruit and a packet of crisps in each. Please call the number below to order your lunch box in advance.

The Amphitheatre Bar and Paul Hamlyn Bar will both be serving a selection of drinks and lighter snacks such as sandwiches.

We recommend pre ordering your food in all of our bars and restaurants in order for you and your guests to have a seamless experience. The bars and Amphitheatre Restaurant will also take bookings on the day itself so you won’t miss out.

For more details or to make a booking online please visit our restaurants and bars pages. Alternatively please call the team on +44 (0) 20 7212 9254

The performance is recommended for children over five years old who are very welcome. They will require their own ticket next to the accompanying adults. Babies and infants unfortunately will not be admitted into the auditorium, this is to enable a good experience for all those attending, including parents and carers!

The Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust, in memory of the late Paul Hamlyn.


Find out more information about The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

By Simon Magill (Communications Coordinator, Special Projects)

1 September 2014 at 8.00am

This article has been categorised Uncategorised and tagged booking announcement

This article has 4 comments

  1. diane greig responded on 26 August 2015 at 9:38pm Reply

    Hi, I am trying to find the WI Nutcracker website for booking 19th December 2015. I have followed their instructions with no luck. Can you please help,.

    I have used and also typed in Paul Hamlyn's name as per my instructions.

    There appears to be no performance on the 19th December so I guess I am doing something wrong. Help please.

  2. Amelia Quarterman responded on 4 November 2016 at 9:58am Reply

    How do I sign up for Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat 2016?

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 9 November 2016 at 4:55pm

      Hi Amelia,
      This year’s Christmas Treat has gone out to an invited audience only (as it does every year). This time we are working with organisations involved in health, well-being and the Arts. Unfortunately, the event has now sold out. If you have never been to a ballet or opera at the Royal Opera House before, you can sign up to our Welcome Performances here.
      All best wishes,

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