Anthony Dowell, le grand fromage of the Royal Ballet, is the narrator in choreographer Matthew Hart's version of Prokofiev's well-loved children's work, performed by students from the Royal Ballet School. For anyone with tiny relatives dreaming of tutus and tiaras this is the perfect Christmas double bill, being teamed with the infamous Tales of Beatrix Potter, the stage version of the famous ballet film. As the Royal Ballet company leap and play for your delight, spare a thought for the likes of Jemima Puddle- duck, Jeremy Fisher, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggy Winkle - originally danced by Frederick Ashton, no less. Christine Edzard and Rostislav Doboujinsky's masks and costumes may charmingly evoke Potter's beautiful watercolours, but they're heavy, hot and more than a little prickly to dance in.
Peter and the Wolf/ Tales of Beatrix Potter, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 12 noon