Home to the English National Opera. Productions are sung in English. 11-22 Jan: Giselle. A ballet about a young peasant girl who falls for a duke who hides his nobility and his engagement to another woman. When she discovers he has deceived her, she is driven to madness. Please check for times. Tickets £14-£ 79. www.eno.org. 33 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES. T: 020-7845 9300. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Ballet Company’s home base.
To 12 Jan: The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s famous score is brought to life by The Royal Ballet. Check for times (some sold out). Tickets £6-£120. www.roh.org.uk. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
To 29 Jan: The Red Shoes. Matthew Bourne’s version of the 1948 Powell and Pressburger film, which is in turn based on the tragic fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. It tells the story of a talented dancer who finds herself torn between love and her career, with tragic consequences. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm (& 26 Jan); Sun 2pm (not 1 Jan); Sun 7pm (not 1 & 29 Jan). Tickets £12-£68. www.sadlerswells.com. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN. T: 020-7863 8000. Off map. Station: Angel.