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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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  • Disabled access
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

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

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Booking until Dec 02

  • Carmen

    Booking until Nov 30

  • Morgan und Abend

    Booking until Nov 28

  • Monotones I and II/ The Two Pigeons

    Booking until Dec 05

  • The Nutcracker

    Opens Dec 08

Romeo and Juliet

Until December 2, 2015

Kenneth MacMillan's spellbinding ballet set to Sergei Prokofiev's exciting score returns to the Royal Opera House for the autumn season. Made famous by the pairing of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the title roles, the ballet has remained a popular mainstay in the Royal Ballet repertoire since its legendary premiere back in 1961. Since then the production has been performed more than 400 times and toured around the world; in 2011 it was adapted for arena-scale performances at the O2 Arena. Now, you can enjoy it back in its original setting at the ROH.


Until November 30, 2015

Georges Bizet's iconic 17th and last opera is his most well-loved, having captured the imagination of French readers with exotic tales of Spain through his rendering of Prosper Merimee's popular novella of the same name. Packed full of famous songs including the seductive Habanera and Escamillo's rousing Toreador Song, Francesca Zambello's 2006 production for The Royal Opera makes a welcome return to the ROH with international opera stars Anita Rachvelishvili, Elena Maximova, Bryan Hymel, Yonghoon Lee and Jonas Kaufmann leading the production.

Morgan und Abend

Until November 28, 2015

This highly anticipated new opera by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas marks his first commission from The Royal Opera, and is based on the seminal Norwiegan novel by poet, author and playwright Jon Fosse. Meaning Morning and Evening, the opera takes a quietly meditative look at the life of a fisherman, from his birth, right up to his death, and the beyond. This new work is directed by Birmingham Opera Company's Graham Vick.

Monotones I and II/ The Two Pigeons

Until December 5, 2015

In an eagerly anticipated triple bill, the best of Frederick Ashton's quintessential English-style ballet are performed this autumn by the Royal Ballet. The first of the ballets is his 1965 work Monotones, danced as a pas de trois to Satie's supernatural piano works Trois Gymnopédies, followed by a more modern masterpiece that Ashton created the following year, this time to Trois Gnossiennes. The last piece in this gala is The Two Pigeons, a moving narrative about a man who abandons his fiancee for an adventure with a band of gypsies.

The Nutcracker

December 8, 2015-January 14, 2016

It's back! Following last year's hiatus at the Royal Opera House, 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.

November '15

Nov 26-28, 2015

Until Nov 30, 2015

December '15

Dec 31, 2015-Jan 14, 2016

January '16

Dec 31, 2015-Jan 14, 2016

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