Royal Opera House

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

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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  • Installation Wed April 1st 2015 - Sun June 18th 2017 Free
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  • Wed April 1st 2015 - Sat April 4th 2015
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  • Thu April 2nd 2015 - Sat April 11th 2015
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  • Thu April 2nd 2015 - Thu April 9th 2015
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  • Sat April 4th 2015 - Sat April 11th 2015
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  • Ballet Wed April 8th 2015 - Tue April 14th 2015
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  • Sat April 11th 2015 - Mon April 27th 2015
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  • Ballet Thu April 16th 2015 - Tue May 5th 2015
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  • Thu April 23rd 2015 - Sat April 25th 2015
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  • Thu April 23rd 2015 - Sat April 25th 2015
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Average User Rating

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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.