Wednesday 6 December
Christmas at Covent Garden
Sarah Lenton, who has spent her working life in the theatre, illuminates 300 years of Christmas shows at one of London’s great theatres, The Royal Opera House.
The London Christmas season was invented at Covent Garden. The first theatre on the site was the home of Harlequin and Columbine and, 300 years on, Harlequin and Columbine are still dancing in The Nutcracker. Most of what we now consider to be quintessential Pantomime – the principal boy, fairy tales, transformation scenes and the Dame, can be traced back to the operas and ballets put on at Covent Garden during its first 200 years. Panto has moved on to the Palladium, but you can still see its basic components in the seasonal operas and ballets the ROH puts on: Rossini’s Cenerentola (Cinderella) for example or Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker or Ashton’s ballet Sylvia.
The rep changes every year and this lecture is up-dated to include the current ROH Christmas offerings.
Lectures at 2pm and 8pm at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne