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Watch a world-class opera or ballet for free in Trafalgar Square – on the biggest screen we've ever seen
They’ve been known to squeeze 10,000 people into Trafalgar Square for the Royal Opera House’s free summer screenings. If you've ever fancied dipping your toe into opera or ballet, start here.
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This summer, three performances will be beamed live from the Opera House to Trafalgar Square and a handful of outdoor London venues. The crowd is a friendly mix of opera buffs and passers-by who get sucked in by the electric atmosphere of the audience.
Bring a cushion and a picnic (no glass). If the weather's looking good, arrive early. Trafalgar Square packs out fast.
This season's screenings take places on June 12, July 26 and July 12.
1. Swan Lake, June 12
Arguably Tchaikovsky’s best-loved work, the love story of Siegfried and Odette will be enrapturing hard-bitten Londoners in early summer.
London venues: Canada Square in Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square, General Gordon Square, Woolwich
2. La bohème, June 26
One of the greatest romances of all time, Puccini's opera plays out on screens across London.
London venues: Lyric Square, Hammersmith, Canada Square in Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square, General Gordon Square in Woolwich
3. Don Giovanni, July 12
Mozart's great opera about that pre-Tinder lothario, Don Juan.
London venues: Lyric Square in Hammersmith, Canada Square in Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square, General Gordon Square in Woolwich