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Festive Treats 2011: Magical Night

A colourful new adventure for Christmas from ROH2.

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

9 December 2011 at 5.33pm | 6 Comments

A brother and sister squabble over toys in their shared bedroom - it’s a scene being played out all over the world. Once the children are asleep, however, the extraordinary happens; a fairy appears and with the tap of her wand the toys come to life. Cue mischief and fun from a cast of characters including a knight, a robot and a monkey with a grievance.

Magical Night is a charming tale choreographed by Associate Artist Aletta Collins to a long lost soundtrack by Kurt Weill. The former Red Balloon and Anna Nicole choreographer was commissioned by ROH2 to create a piece around Weill's Zaubernacht, a piece written in the 1920s and only rediscovered in 2005. With much of the scenery and music lost, this Christmas sees a new version on stage at the Linbury Studio; the first time it has been performed in the UK.

Aletta Collins recently gave Official London Theatre a valuable insight with a Q&A while conductor James Holmes appeared recently on BBC Radio 3's In Tune (Scroll to 1:08) to talk about the project.

Are you tempted to try something new this Christmas or do you prefer your entertainment on more traditional lines? Let us know what you’re watching.

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

9 December 2011 at 5.33pm

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged Aletta Collins, Christmas, Dance, Kurt Weill, Toys

This article has 6 comments

  1. Angela Cooke responded on 10 December 2011 at 10:41am Reply

    Cant wait to see this with all family and watching reactions of Cass Hannah and Luke when watching Sir Greig!

  2. kelly responded on 20 December 2011 at 4:31pm Reply

    What a fantastic amazing show, brilliant!!!!

  3. Ellen West responded on 21 December 2011 at 2:05pm Reply

    Glad you enjoyed it Kelly. What were your highlights?

  4. kelly responded on 29 December 2011 at 6:22pm Reply

    Hi, highlights for me were, listening to the beautiful music, watching the fantastic witch in action, and seeing the children re united, and the paper falling scene, i am biased though, as my daughter plays the little girl!!

  5. kelly responded on 31 December 2011 at 2:31pm Reply

    yes it was, sad its over now! happy new year!

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