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Watch a world-class opera or ballet for free under the stars 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 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.

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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

Il trovatore
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



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Absolutely amazing event. I have been to BP screenings 2 years in a row (for Carmen and Frankestein so far...) , with sunny and rainy weather and it's always been a stunning evening. Everything is well organised for you to have a great time and enjoy high quality shows, live from the Royal Opera House for FREE!! BP is providing lots of stuff to help you settle in Trafalgar square for few hours (hats if sunny, ponchos if rainy, blow up pillow for your delicate bum) and it’s awesome.

Highly recommended