Royal Opera House

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.

Royal Opera House, New Exterior ©2018 ROH. Photograph By Luke Hayes (1)

What's On

Swan Lake

Booking from 6th March - 28th June 

Visit the Royal Opera House this spring for the chance to see the most iconic ballet of all time as classic ballet's most powerful tale of forgiveness, love and treachery returns to the Royal Opera House stage.

When Prince Siegfried happens upon a flock of swans while out hunting and one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. However, Odette is under a spell allowing her to only show her human form at night. When the Prince is tricked into betraying her, Odette has only one way that she can break the sorcerer's spell...

  • Tickets up to £175
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Behind the Scenes Tour - Booking until 11th August 

Join a Royal Opera House expert guide and embark on an exclusive tour of the iconic Covent Garden building, accessing spaces normally off-limits to the public.

  • Tickets £19-£20

Live at Lunch - Booking until 19th July 

Experience an exciting programme of free lunchtime performances inspired by the heritage of the Royal Opera House and its operas and ballets. Artists from The Royal Opera, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and a range of guest artists perform in the newly opened-up spaces of the Royal Opera House.

  • Free entry - no booking required

Ballet Tea and Tour - Booking until 13th July

Journey behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House and delve into the iconic history of Swan Lake on a ballet themed tour. See the swans' beautiful tutu's and headdresses throughout the years, and finish off the tour with a delicious afternoon tea.

  • Tickets £75
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