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 7, July 4 and July 14.
1. The Royal Ballet's 'The Dream', 'Symphonic Variations', 'Marguerite and Armand', June 7
The Royal Ballet's closes its seventieth birthday celebrations with a mixed programme of ballet.
London venues: Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, The Scoop, General Gordon Square in Woolwich
2. 'La traviata', 4 July
Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s tragic love story.
London venues: Trafalgar Square, Lyric Square in Hammersmith, General Gordon Square in Woolwich.
3. Turandot, July 14
Puccini’s final opera, a Chinese epic, strikingly staged.
London venues: Lyric Square in Hammersmith, The Scoop in London Bridge, General Gordon Square in Woolwich.
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Very friendly staff, they provided ponchos and blow up cushions and disposable cups for everyone and even decanters to put your alchohol in and its all free!!! But anyway, my girlfriend and I where a bit sceptical - not really the opera types. However, at first it was really nice everyone was having a drink and chatting in the beginning, but by the end of it you could hear a pin drop because everyone was really into it, regardless if they liked classical music or not.. It was amazing. Both of us came out singing nessun dorma!! The host was great getting everyone involved in a sing along. A really good evening out.