For centuries, culture vultures have swooped in on Covent Garden. They obviously relished the area’s eclectic, ever-changing mix of opera, ballet, theatre and drama, from highbrow to mainstream, fringe and beyond; all tastes are catered for and all emotions are stirred. No other urban quarter in the world is home to two esteemed artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet – in addition to more than twenty thriving theatres in the vicinity.
The words ‘Covent Garden’ have long been used as a synonym for British opera thanks to this beautiful and deeply historic venue which is home to two world-famous companies - The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.
Originally built in 1858, the current Royal Opera House is the third incarnation of this high culture hub, and legends including Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, Luciano Pavarotti and Rudolf Nureyev have graced its stage.
A major reconstruction in the 1990s resulted in the creation of a series of beautiful, modern public spaces to complement the historic grandeur of Covent Garden’s main arena and further improvements are being planned.
The Royal Opera House guided tours are back – offering visitors a chance to step into the stunning Covent Garden site, hear about its colourful history, and find out what it takes to stage a production in one of the world’s leading theatres.
The full offering includes three returning favourites: the classic ROH Tour, designed to give both an overview of the building and an insight into our state-of-the-art theatre technology; Velvet, Gilt and Glamour, focused on the delights of our historic auditorium; and Legends and Landmarks, celebrating the many famous faces and performances that have graced our stage.
Official London Theatre is home of the best theatre scene in the world. Whether you’re looking to visit one show in the capital this year or have a whole spreadsheet of London shows to see, Official London Theatre is where to book your tickets.