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Articles by Jennifer Johnstone

Piece of cake: The Royal Ballet’s Taglioni Cake cutting ceremony

24 July 2017

This charming annual ceremony celebrates the end of The Royal Ballet’s Season while paying tribute to one of history’s most iconic ballet dancers.

Butterfly’s sanctuary: The long history of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House

20 March 2017

From the opera’s UK premiere in 1905 through to the present day, Puccini’s much-loved opera has a long and close relationship with Covent Garden.

60 years of being royal: How The Royal Ballet got its charter

31 October 2016

October 2016 marks 60 years since Sadler’s Wells Ballet became The Royal Ballet – a change which was hotly debated in the press at the time.

A glimpse into the archives: The surprising history of Shakespeare at the Royal Opera House

22 April 2016

Many years before the RSC was established and Shakespeare's Globe was rebuilt, the Royal Opera House was an important hub for the Bard's work in London.

Oh yes it is!: The surprising history of pantomime at the Royal Opera House

16 December 2015

Our seasonal Item of the Month from ROH Collections shows the rich (and surprising) history of the Christmas panto at the ROH.