Introducing ROH Unlocked, a month-long cultural programme with a packed schedule of free pop-up performances, live music and workshops, as well as a chance to see some truly magnificent costume and pointe shoe displays across Covent Garden, as the neighbourhood transforms into a festival of dancing, singing and creativity.
From July 10th the free event will give families and visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the worlds of opera and ballet, showcasing the best the Royal Opera House has to offer.
Kicking off the festival on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July there will be free open-air performances staged at the ROH Summer Stage on the Piazza, nestled between the North and East side of Covent Garden’s historic Market Building. Visitors will be able to enjoy live performances from The Royal Opera Chorus, world-renowned soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, singing workshops led by multi-talented musician Aga-Serugo-Lugo, as well as participatory dance workshops based on The Royal Ballet’s much-loved Romeo and Juliet.
On Sunday 11th, ZooNation Youth Company will give a high-energy performance and co-lead a workshop based on The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland giving audiences the chance to immerse themselves in both ballet and hip hop dance styles.
Visitors will also be invited to visit The ROH Story Shop, in partnership with Little Bulb theatre company, which will provide families with a twenty-minute immersive theatrical experience where you can enter the world of folklore and fairytales with Little Bulb as your guides. Visitors can listen to terrifically tall tales and swashbuckling short stories set to original music and prepare for mischief and magic along the way.
As part of the programme the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden will also launch The Theatrical Trail of Covent Garden, a self-guided adventure through Covent Garden’s Market Building and its historical streets to discover a series of windows which have been taken over by the Royal Opera House’s creative team. Bringing the iconic institution out onto the historical Covent Garden cobbles, everyone will be able to discover the history of one of London’s most famous neighbourhoods and the world’s best-known theatres, with highlights from Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.
The highlight of the trail sees a spectacular Pointe Shoe Window installation located at & Royal Opera House Arcade, showcasing the talents of some of the world’s finest designers. The installation will display pointe shoes re-imagined by ROKSANDA, ERDEM, Simone Rocha, Rejina Pyo, Halpern, and Liberty, in partnership with the Royal Opera House. Those visiting this spectacular installation will also have the chance to enter the pointe shoe ballot, with a chance to win one of the designer shoes, plus two tickets to an ROH performance, dinner for two at the Piazza Restaurant and a private tour of the Royal Opera House, by scanning the display’s QR code on their smartphones. The display will remain in place until 10 August, and ballot competition will remain in place until 31 August, with all proceeds benefiting the Royal Opera House Recovery Campaign.