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Royal Opera House Announces Thank You NHS Events Programme

The Royal Opera House has announced a series of events to say Thank You NHS including performances of ‘La Bohème’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Swan Lake’.

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The Royal Opera House has announced a series of performances, partnerships and events to say thank you to the amazing staff of the NHS.

Performances include La Bohème, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake

On 27 June a special performance of Puccini’s opera La Bohème will be presented to an auditorium of specially-invited NHS staff, including nurses and healthcare support workers from the Royal Opera House’s nearest hospitals: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and University College Hospital London.

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In September there will be a special Family Sunday Thank You NHS event at the Royal Opera House for NHS workers and their families. Activities will include dance, singing and craft workshops and performance, inspired by the repertory of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, and they will be invited to explore behind the scenes at the iconic Royal Opera House.

On 4 December the Royal Opera House will invite NHS workers and their families to see The Royal Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Thank You NHS will continue on 19 March 2022 with The Royal Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Tickets will be heavily discounted

Tickets for all three Thank You NHS performances will be heavily discounted thanks to generous philanthropic support from The Laidlaw Foundation and the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

In a first for the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus has also partnered with more than 30 hospital radio stations around the country to share highlights of the opera and song repertory with thousands of patients, doctors and hospital workers.

Jillian Barker, Director of Learning and Participation at the Royal Opera House, said: “After the incredible challenges of the last 12 months, the dedicated and tireless work of NHS staff has been monumental. Their work has helped to save countless lives during this challenging year, and I am delighted that we have the chance to give hundreds of nurses, porters and healthcare support workers from our nearest hospitals, as well as their families, the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful ballet and opera experiences. I am also delighted that the wonderful sound of the Royal Opera Chorus, beamed across Hospital Radio networks up and down the country, will give more people the chance to experience opera in all its glory”.

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