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Christmas broadcasts from the ROH announced for 2013

Another chance to see Royal Ballet productions including Don Quixote and a BBC Radio 3 relay of The Royal Opera's Parsifal.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 December 2013 at 5.30pm | 28 Comments

Royal Opera House productions to be broadcast during the festive period have been announced.

Audiences will have another chance to see Carlos Acosta's new Royal Ballet production of Don Quixote when it is broadcast on BBC Four at 8pm on Christmas Day. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast The Royal Opera's Parsifal on 11 December at 4.45pm.

Sky Arts will also broadcast a number of Royal Ballet productions over Christmas:

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 December 2013 at 5.30pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged BBC, broadcast, Christmas, Don Quixote, Les Patineurs, Production, radio, Sky Arts, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty by, TV

This article has 28 comments

  1. Valerie Swindley responded on 5 December 2013 at 8:01pm Reply

    Thank god for some culture in the television desert that is Christmas. No Mary Poppins, Bridge on the River Kwai and all the other junk which we have seen for years and years. Maybe if we are lucky one ballet and an opera over the2 days of Christmas. Now it seem we may have a feast, thank you, thank you ,thank you - just hope I don't fall asleep wearing my funny ?? hat.

  2. It must be Christmas - ballet on TV! Panto season. It would be nice to see ballets like Manon, Onegin, Romeo & Juliet or Mayerling at other times of year. Still there's always live cinema.

    • Jenny Freer responded on 10 December 2013 at 8:26am

      I totally agree with you, I would just love to see more of the dramatic ballets on television. I am still hoping that one day we will be able to purchase a DVD of Onegin - the ballet. Hope springs eternal....

  3. Alice Poulsen responded on 5 December 2013 at 10:45pm Reply


  4. Roger Bell responded on 6 December 2013 at 1:59pm Reply

    No opera ! Opera sidelined by the former director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden ! How easily are people's ideals sold to the highest bidder !!

  5. Stephen Cutler responded on 6 December 2013 at 2:28pm Reply

    What exactly is Tony Hall doing at the BBC? No opera on TV over Christmas, and no Saturday night opera any more on Radio 3, not even the live Met broadcasts.

  6. Fiona Dunn responded on 7 December 2013 at 3:32pm Reply

    All of us do not have Sky! It would have been nice to have everything on BBC4.

  7. DaveM responded on 9 December 2013 at 3:28pm Reply

    To be fair to Tony Hall, the Christmas schedules often drawn up 12-18months in advance. Mind you, as a non-opera fan, sounds a result to me!
    And Mary Poppins is a fun movie!

  8. Mary responded on 9 December 2013 at 4:39pm Reply

    Go tilt at windmills, we are lucky to have a even a whiff of culture between the tinsel and turkey.

  9. John Graham responded on 9 December 2013 at 8:18pm Reply

    This is WONDERFUL news!! My first interest in ballet stemmed from seeing Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez perform "La Fille Mal Gardee" on Boxing Day TV in 2005. I was totally spellbound by the superlative dancing, and now I travel from Scotland to the Royal Opera House monthly to see each performance. I saw Carlos Acosta's "Don Quixote" at the ROH twice, as well as the cinema relay. A total triumph of a production! I'm praying it will become available on DVD but meantime this news will make my Christmas Day complete!! A HUGE "thank you!" to all concerned!

  10. Nina Battleday responded on 9 December 2013 at 10:44pm Reply

    One ballet on TV over Christmas is not exactly generous for those of us without Sky. A case of the crumbs from the rich man's table?

  11. Philippa Levey responded on 11 December 2013 at 9:15am Reply

    For those of us who refuse to pay for Sky, preferring to save our money for productions at the ROH, this line up is not much to cheer about. Still at least I've had the joy of seeing all of them live!

    • Barbara Jillings responded on 12 December 2013 at 11:32am

      Not everyone can get to the ROH - indeed, a lot of people are actually housebound - so the Sky Arts productions are a godsend to them. You may be in this position one day, so don't knock the Sky input!

  12. Christmas Time ist the best time in the year. I love Christmas every year more. Christmas is the time of love and family.

  13. John Graham responded on 11 December 2013 at 2:26pm Reply

    Are you able to tell us which principle dancers are in each of the televised performances?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 12 December 2013 at 3:22pm

      Dear John,

      Please find below details of the casts for the performances on Sky Arts:

      Les Patineurs; Divertissements; Scènes de Ballet
      Carlos Acosta (Divertissements); Leanne Benjamin (Divertissements); Darcey Bussell (Divertissements); Thiago Soares (Divertissements); Steven McRae (Les Patineurs); Samantha Raine (Les Patineurs); Myako Yoshida (Scènes de Ballet); Ivan Putrov (Scènes de Ballet); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Paul Murphy; Barry Wordsworth

      The Nutcracker
      Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer); Meaghan Grace Hinkis (Clara); Ricardo Cervera (Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker); Roberta Marquez (The Sugar Plum Fairy); Steven McRae (The Prince); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Koen Kessels

      Swan Lake
      Zenaida Yanowsky (Odette); Nehemiah Kish (Prince Siegfried); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Barry Wordsworth

      Sleeping Beauty
      Gary Avis (King Florestan XXIV); Genesia Rosato (His Queen); Lauren Cuthbertson (Princess Aurora); Sergei Polunin (Prince Florimund); Alastair Marriott (Cattalabutte); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Boris Gruzin

      Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
      Sarah Lamb (Alice); Federico Bonelli (Jack / The Knave of Hearts); Edward Watson (Lewis Carroll/ The White Rabbit); Zenaida Yanowsky (Mother / The Queen of Hearts); Steven MacRae (Mad Hatter); Christopher Saunders (Father/King of Hearts); Eric Underwood (Rajah/The Caterpillar); Philip Mosley (The Duchess); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; David Briskin

      The relay of Don Quixote on BBC Four will feature Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in the lead roles.

      I hope that is helpful,

      All the best,


  14. John Graham responded on 12 December 2013 at 4:03pm Reply

    Thank you so very much, Lottie, for taking the time and trouble to give me those details! Now I see I must finally give in and subscribe to Sky TV!! This is going to be very exciting Christmas viewing! Best wishes to all at Royal Ballet (and, indeed at ROH!) for a Happy Christmas and a healthy, prosperous and successful 2014. My thanks again to you!

  15. Peter North responded on 12 December 2013 at 7:30pm Reply

    To be fair, the ballets on Sky Arts are more widely available than indicated by some of your respondents. You don't have to subscribe to Sky as Sky Arts 1 & 2 are available even on the cheaper packages provided on cable TV, i.e. Virgin. I for one will be glued to my TV for the Christmas ballets. Many thanks to those who organised these showings.

  16. Hi,
    I wonder who played the lady role in Arabic dance in tonight 12 Dec's Nutcracker show?
    Overall, it is incredible!

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 13 December 2013 at 10:55am

      Hi there,

      Glad you enjoyed the performance. It was Melissa Hamilton performing that role last night,

      All the best


  17. Phil Cole responded on 13 December 2013 at 12:14am Reply

    Brilliant! Brilliant!! Brilliant!!!

  18. Is the Nutcracker broadcast on Sky Christmas Day the same that was live broadcast in the cinema last week, 12 December 2013?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 16 December 2013 at 12:05pm


      No, its the 2012 production Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, Ricardo Cervera as Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker, Roberta Marquez as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Steven McRae as The Prince.


      ROH Content Producer

  19. Sophie Ibbs responded on 18 December 2013 at 5:46pm Reply

    I'm so delighted that we have so many to look forward to - I can watch them again and again. Still laaaaing the snowflakes from the Nutcracker last week. ROH have cheered up a rather cheerless Christmas TV line up. Hooray for the Royal Ballet

  20. Lottie responded on 20 December 2013 at 4:05pm Reply

    No Opera on TV this year?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 21 December 2013 at 10:31am

      Afraid not Lottie.

      Best wishes


  21. Sandy Bratu responded on 22 December 2013 at 6:52pm Reply

    I am so looking forward to the Nutcracker on Christmas day. My son was a party child in 2012 and it will give elderly family who didn't get the chance to see it live or in the cinema the chance to experience it. We are very excited, thank you so very much.

  22. Don Quixote was wonderful on Christmas Day, hopefully will be released on DVD. Thank you so much to The Royal Ballet for making my Christmas a very enjoyable occasion.

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