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  • Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig

  • Theatre stalls - © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out

  • Baroque performance - © Belinda Lawley / Time Out

  • Stage view - © Belinda Lawley / Time Out

  • Wayne McGregor in rehearsal - © Ed Marshall

  • Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig

  • Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig

  • Ornate Architecture - © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out

  • Bridge of Aspirations - © Britta Jaschinski/Time Out

  • © Michael Franke

  • Exterior - © Susie Rea / Time Out

Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig

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  • Address:

    Royal Opera House Bow St
    London
    WC2E 9DD

  • Venue phone:

    020 7304 4000

  • Venue website:

    www.roh.org.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Check website for show times

  • Transport:

    Tube: Covent Garden

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    1. Royal Opera House
      • Bow St
        London
        WC2E 9DD
      • 020 7304 4000
      • www.roh.org.uk
      • 51.513191,-0.122142

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Dance, West End

Christopher Wheeldon's 2012 'Alice' was the first new full-length ballet to be commissioned by the Royal Ballet for 16 years, and the first with a new score (by Joby Talbot) for 20 years. So it's safe to say it's a big deal. The result is visually stunning,...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  1. Sat Dec 6 – Fri Jan 16 2015
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £6-£115
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Ceremony of Innocence/The Age of Anxiety/Aeternum

Opera, West End

A triple bill of works by a mixture of choreographers including a new piece by Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. Scarlett's 'The Age of Anxiety' is set to Leonard Bernstein's 'Symphony No2 The Age of Anxiety' inspired by WH Auden's 1946...

  1. Fri Nov 7 – Mon Nov 17
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £4-£65
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Don Quixote

Ballet, West End

Brilliant Cuban dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta staged his 'Don Quixote' in 2013 and revives it now as part of the Royal Ballet's autumn season. Acosta's version of the tales about the bumbling knight and his trusty squire Sancho Panza is inspired...

Don Quixote
  1. Tue Nov 25 – Thu Jan 22 2015
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £6-£115
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Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House

Things to do

These regular family days are an opportunity to explore the Royal Opera House, its artists and the world of opera and ballet. Sessions will vary each month but will involve different creative activities as well as live musical performances including live...

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House
  1. Sun Oct 26 – Sun Nov 30
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £5, £3 under-16s
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Frederick Ashton mixed bill

Ballet, Drama, West End

To celebrate the Royal Ballet's founding choreographer Frederick Ashton, the company perform a collection of his works. 'Scenes de Ballet', 'Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan', 'Symphonic Variations' and 'A Month in the Country' all...

Frederick Ashton mixed bill
  1. Tue Oct 28 – Wed Nov 12
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £4-£65
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I Due Foscari

Opera, Drama, West End

  • Rating: 2/5

There is a reason why you probably haven’t heard of Verdi’s opera ‘The Two Foscari’, and that’s because it’s a complete turkey. Based on a poem by Byron, it offers a tedious, undeveloped plot, lacking twists or turns and consequently any drama. The once...

I Due Foscari
  1. Thu Oct 23 – Sun Nov 2
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £180-£235. Runs 2hr 35min
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Manon

Ballet, West End

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Critics' choice

Leave the children at home for this salacious ballet. For the past 40 years, Kenneth’s MacMillan’s three-act masterpiece, adapted from Abbé Prévost’s book ‘L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut’ has entranced audiences and divided critics....

Manon
  1. Sat Oct 25 – Sat Nov 1
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £4-£77. Runs 2hr 35min
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Parsifal

Romantic opera, German opera

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Critics' choice

While the curtain is sporting hues of red (the Blood of Christ?) and incorporating an ever-widening mouth (no prizes for thinking temptation here), the glorious Prelude to Act I of ‘Parsifal’ steals in to stem the audience’s hubbub. Transporting and spacious,...

  1. Tue Dec 15 2015
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. £46-£230
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Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina

Installation

  • Free

A commission by artist Yinka Shonibare, produced by Up Projects for the Royal Opera House. Titled 'Globe Head Ballerina', the work is inspired by a famous photograph of ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Shonibare's sculpture depicts a life-size ballerina, modelled...

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
  1. Thu Oct 23 – Sun Jun 18 2017
  2. Royal Opera House
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bigsands

This is a great venue which also has another side to it. Companies hire the upper terrace to host private parties. The terrace overlooks Covent Garden and there is lots of space to include a live ensemble as background music. My steel drum band ensemble covered a company event here and the staff were great, the service was good and everything just had a really nice feel about it. I recommend this venue.

Emily

The Royal Opera House is a very special building. There is such a special atmosphere around the whole building and the performances staged are world class. You can't really go wrong here.