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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Year opened: 1858
Capacity: 2256

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The Royal Opera House is a large performing arts centre and opera house in Covent Garden. The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are based at the venue. For its first hundred years, the venue was mainly used as a playhouse, until 1734 when ballets were held there, and shortly after, operas. The main auditorium in the Royal Opera House is a Grade I listed building.

Upcoming Highlights

  • The Nose

    Booking until Nov 09

  • Anastasia

    Opens Oct 26

  • Les Contes d'Hoffmann

    Opens Nov 07

  • Chroma - Mixed Bill

    Opens Nov 14

  • The Nutcracker

    Opens Nov 23

The Nose

Until November 9, 2016

Shostakovich's surrealist opera returns to the Royal Opera House this October, based on the satirical story by Nicolai Gogel that put St Petersberg firmly on the literary map. The Nose follows the hilarious struggles of Russian civil servant Major Kovalyov, who wakes up one morning without a nose! Upon his search for the errant appendage, he becomes embroiled in a desperate struggle with the authorities as the mischievous body part harbours a higher station than its owner!


October 26-November 12, 2016

Originally conceived as a gripping one-act ballet for the Deutsche Opera Ballet back in 1967, Kenneth MacMillan seized the chance to extend the story of Anastasia into a haunting and expressive full-length work when he became the Royal Ballet's Director a few years later. Based on the true story of Anna Anderson, believed she was the lost Romanov princess. As she battles to separate fantasy from memory, she is visited by nightmares old and new in this exquisite production that leaves you to make up your own mind about Anna's faith and her origins.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

November 7-December 3, 2016

The Tales Of Hoffmann by Offenbach is the composer's surviving "serious" opera in a collection otherwise full of light-hearted works, and in fact refers to the famed libretto E.T.A Hoffmann, who as we know is the original author of The Nutcracker. This revival production, originally staged in 1980, created by noted film director John Schlesinger. Hoffmann is the hero in these three tales, thwarted in love three times by his lifelong rival, Councillor Lindorf.

Chroma - Mixed Bill

November 14-19, 2016

Now celebrating 10 years of Wayne McGregor's tenure at the Royal Ballet as Resident Choreographer, this special gala evening sees three works by the eminent dance creator, including a brand-new work for 2016 in a collaboration with composer Steve Reich, to celebrate the latter's 80th birthday. The evening kicks off with McGregor's Chroma, followed by Carbon Life, before concluding with his brand-new work.

The Nutcracker

November 23, 2016-January 12, 2017

In celebration of choreographer Peter Wright's 90th birthday, London's best-loved holiday ballet is set to return this Christmas. Follow the coming of age tale of Clara and her mysterious Nutcracker prince, as they defeat the wicked mouse army and journey to a fantastical world, where the sweet treats of the world are human-shaped and dance like a dream in her honour. Enjoy the stirring music of Tschaikovsky's Waltz of the Snowflakes and fleet-footed Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, against a glorious Victorian Christmas background, designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman.

October '16

Oct 25, 2016

Oct 31-Nov 8, 2016

November '16

Nov 2-5, 2016

Oct 31-Nov 8, 2016

Nov 22-Dec 9, 2016

Nov 29-Dec 3, 2016

December '16

Nov 29-Dec 3, 2016

Nov 22-Dec 9, 2016

Dec 6, 2016-Jan 29, 2017

Dec 31, 2016-Jan 12, 2017

January '17

Dec 31, 2016-Jan 12, 2017

Dec 6, 2016-Jan 29, 2017

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