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Performer: Gary Avis

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LondonThe Nutcracker

Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Sir Peter Wright; Royal Ballet; Barry Wordsworth; Koen Kessels; Peter Wright; Julia Trevelyan Oman
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Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns

Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
What marks the start of Christmas? For many, it's when the Christmas tree magically grows in The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker...
****1
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The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Mayerling

Natalia Osipova (Mary Vetsera) and Ryoichi Hirano (Rudolf) in Mayerling © ROH, 2018 | Helen Maybanks
A new season for the Royal Ballet and a new star is "born" in this performance that highlights the company's strength in depth   
***11
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An outstanding performance by Francesca Hayward

C. Saunders (Monsieur GM), F. Hayward (Manon), A. Campbell (Lescaut) in Manon © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
Yet another revival of MacMillan's signature ballet.  Enlivened by tremendous performances, not least in the title role, and still a classic. But, how long will that pertain?   
***11
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Peter Wright's Nutcracker

Sarah Lamb (The Sugar Plum Fairy) in The Nutcracker © Karolina Kuras | ROH, 2017
Sir Peter Wright's enchanting vision of The Nutcracker continues to delight 
****1
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland returns

Laura Morera (The Red Queen) in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH | Bill Cooper
As with Carroll’s original fantasy novel, Wheeldon’s wonderful ballet matures and pleases, yet more, at each revisit.   
*****
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