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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Year opened: 1858
Capacity: 2256

  • Merchandise booths
  • 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

  • Manon Lescaut

    Booking until Dec 09

  • The Nutcracker

    Booking until Jan 12

  • Il Trovatore

    Booking until Feb 09

  • Der Rosenkavalier

    Opens Dec 17

  • The Sleeping Beauty

    Opens Dec 21

Manon Lescaut

Until December 9, 2016

Following a controversial premiere in 2014, Jonathan Kent's visually outrageous production of Puccini's first opera sees its first revival at the Royal Opera House arrives this November. Having divided the critics by placing the action in modern times, this adaptation of Abbe Prevost's "L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut" chronicles the fortune of a good-time girl turned tragic heroine, amidst the seedy background of a red-light district.

The Nutcracker

Until 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.

Il Trovatore

Until February 9, 2017

After stunning on its debut and being screened in cinemas world wide last summer, visionary german director David Bosch's searing rendition of Verdi's dramatic Il Trovatore returns to the Royal Opera House this season with two casts in rotation to tell this biting story of obsessive love, mistaken identity, green eyed jealousy and of course, hard won revenge.

Der Rosenkavalier

December 17, 2016-January 24, 2017

Disguises, duels, and duets are the order of the day in Richard Strauss' magnificently extravagant Der Rosenkavalier, or the Rose-bearer, being the name of an engagement tradition in mid-eighteenth century Vienna. The task is simple, select someone to deliver to your beloved a silver rose as proof of your love and reap the reward in matrimony. But woe-betide you if you chose the wrong man, especially if he is younger, more handsome and altogether a lot more desirable than you...

The Sleeping Beauty

December 21, 2016-March 14, 2017

Celebrating 70 magical years of performances, The Royal Ballet revive their glorious production of The Sleeping Beauty for their Winter 2016/17 season. With classic choreography by Marcus Pepita, this Tchaikovsky scored work is an enchanting and romantic journey into the fairytale world of the cursed Princess Aurora and her charming saviour.

December '16

Dec 13, 2016-Feb 9, 2017

Dec 18, 2016-Jan 29, 2017

Dec 22, 2016-Jan 24, 2017

Dec 23, 2016-Mar 14, 2017

January '17

Dec 23, 2016-Mar 14, 2017

Dec 18, 2016-Jan 29, 2017

Jan 13-30, 2017

Jan 16-Jul 4, 2017

Dec 22, 2016-Jan 24, 2017

Jan 21-Feb 14, 2017

Dec 13, 2016-Feb 9, 2017

February '17

Jan 16-Jul 4, 2017

Jan 21-Feb 14, 2017

Dec 13, 2016-Feb 9, 2017

Feb 10-Mar 2, 2017

Dec 23, 2016-Mar 14, 2017

March '17

Dec 23, 2016-Mar 14, 2017

Feb 10-Mar 2, 2017

April '17

Apr 11-12, 2017

May '17

May 3-7, 2017

June '17

Jun 7-10, 2017

Jun 13-14, 2017

Jan 16-Jul 4, 2017

Jun 30-Jul 1, 2017

July '17

Jun 30-Jul 1, 2017

Jan 16-Jul 4, 2017

Jul 12-15, 2017

Jul 18-Aug 6, 2017

August '17

Jul 18-Aug 6, 2017

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