Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet ©ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014
Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet ©ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat

Thanks to the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat, 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 or opera at the Royal Opera House before. Previously we have celebrated the centenary of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, partnered with a network of arts and health charities and welcomed an audience of teachers and their families to the ROH.

For the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat 2019 we worked in partnership with Girlguiding to bring Girl Guides, Brownies, Rangers and their families to Covent Garden to experience ROH through a morning of creative activities followed by a matinee performance of The Sleeping Beauty. Families came from across the UK, from Coventry to Cornwall.

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 to the Community Engagement Team by emailing welcomeperformances@roh.org.uk.

Find out more information about The Helen Hamlyn Trust.