Watch a world-class opera or ballet (for free) under the stars in Trafalgar Square
They’ve been known to squeeze 10,000 people into Trafalgar Square for the Royal Opera House’s free live screenings (insert your own fat lady joke). If you've ever fancied dipping your toe into opera or ballet, this is a brilliant place to start.
Performances are beamed live from the Opera House in Covent Garden to outdoor screens across the UK. If you're in London, Trafalgar Square is the biggest. The crowd is a friendly mix of opera buffs and passers-by who get sucked in by the electric atmosphere of the audience.
Grab a cushion and bring a picnic (no glass). Our number one tip is to arrive as early as you can – Trafalgar Square packs out fast.
18 May, 7.30pm
The Royal Ballet's production, inspired by Mary Shelley's gothic novel.
Screenings: Trafalgar Square and General Gordon Square, Woolwich.
9 June, 7.30pm
Verdi's opera 'Nabucco' with Plácido Domingo taking the lead.
Screenings: Trafalgar Square, Waltham Forest (Walthamstow Town Square), Woolwich General Gordon Square
14 July, 7.15pm
A contemporary setting of Verdi's opera, a tale of civil war and revenge. Expect stunning staging.
Screenings: Trafalgar Square, Hammersmith Lyric Square, Canary Wharf, Waltham Forest (Walthamstow Town Square), Woolwich General Gordon Square