Royal Opera House

  • Music
  • Classical and opera
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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
Covent Garden

Having secured its position as one of the world’s great opera houses following a turn-of-the-century refurbishment, the Royal Opera House has been able to conduct something of a PR campaign: in a bold move to woo new audiences, the opening performance of 2008’s ‘Don Giovanni’ was made exclusive to Sun readers at knockdown rates and beamed live to a chain of cinemas, and the Ignite Festival draws punters in with a terrific range of art installations, films and performances. Opera, of course is still the main attraction, but ballet too has become a parallel draw and the ROH is also home to The Royal Ballet. The company’s own Carlos Acosta can be seen bounding across stage, and the Royal Opera House regularly invites visiting companies such as The Bolshoi. Meanwhile the venue’s smaller spaces – Linbury Studio Theatre and Clore Studio – offer a line-up of experimental and independent dance and music works. The Royal Opera House is a Grade I-listed building, and with its beautiful modern additions it is a striking Covent Garden landmark. Book in advance for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Venue name: Royal Opera House
Address: Bow St
Opening hours: Check website for show times
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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  • Classical and opera Until Saturday March 19 2016
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  • Installation Until Sunday June 18 2017 Free
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  • Classical and opera Until Wednesday February 24 2016
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  • Classical and opera Monday February 8 2016
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  • Ballet Friday February 12 2016 - Friday March 11 2016
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  • Classical and opera Thursday February 25 2016 - Tuesday March 15 2016
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  • Ballet Friday February 26 2016 - Friday April 15 2016
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  • Classical and opera Monday March 14 2016 - Tuesday April 5 2016
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  • Classical and opera Thursday April 7 2016 - Thursday May 19 2016
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  • Pop Wednesday July 20 2016 - Saturday July 23 2016
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I have enjoyed a few ballets in the main hall as well as some events in the other studios, and I have to say, every time I'm here I find something else to fall in love with. The architecture is great - check out the main bar area from the top of the escalators!; the staff are friendly and courteous, and the performances are second to none. I also had the pleasure of experiencing some of the Deloitte Ignite Festival here in September and it was really cool to see how each space was used for a different event - we had a ballet class outside in the piazza under the terrace!


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.


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.