The Winter's Tale

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Seasoned ballet dancer and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris) brings Shakespeare's tragic tale to the main stage of the Royal Opera House. The Winter's Tale follows the devastating destruction of a marriage through jealousy, suspected adultery and the complete abandonment of love. However the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation, as the characters reunite. Designed by Bob Crowley and with music by Joby Talbolt, the Royal Ballet's rendition of The Winter's Tale is one their most masterful, moving pieces yet.
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Booking until 10 June 2016
Running Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes

Oedipe

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George Enescu's popular opera Oedipe comes to the Royal Opera House, performed by Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus. First staged by the company in 2011, this is an innovative and spectacular take on Enescu's breath-taking scores. Oedipe follows a man destined to murder his father and marry his mother. Raised as the Prince of Corinth, he discovers the prophecy and flees, only to unwittingly carry it out. A truly tragic tale based on Oedipus RexOedipe is a heart-wrenching exploration of fate and freedom in a world ravaged by both natural and man-made disaster.
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Booking until 8 June 2016

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History

Originally named the Theatre Royal, the Royal Opera House has existed since the 18th Century, with the first site built in 1732, making it one of the oldest theatrical locations in Europe.

The Opera House first opened in 1734 with a ballet. George Frideric Handel’s operatic seasons began just a year later, with many of his famous pieces written especially for the Covent Garden venue. Handel’s seasons included early showings of Atlanta (1736) and Bernice (1737).

Alongside operas, the venue was largely used as a playhouse, with shows often running in rep with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The theatre has been twice destroyed by raging fires; first in 1808 and again in 1857. Between the two fires the theatre was rebuilt and mainly housed operas, ballets and pantomimes.

After the theatre was destroyed by fire again, the third and final theatre was built in 1958, official taking the name of the Royal Opera House in 1892. Things ran smoothly at the theatre for just over 20 years until the outbreak of World War I, when the theatre was used as a furniture repository.

The theatre has a brief active period in peacetime between the wars however it was soon converted to a dance hall throughout the World War II.

After an agreement laid out by the Covent Garden Opera Trust, the Royal Opera House was re-established with a production of The Sleeping Beauty (1946), and the first production from the Covent Garden Opera Company, Carmen (1947). Both the ballet company and the CGOC were to become the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera in 1968.

The theatre was largely renovated and reconstructed, reopening in 1999. Since the turn of the millennium, the theatre has continued to act as its own producing house, with the Royal Opera House’s first ever West End transfer, The Wind in the Willows, which runs at the Duchess Theatre throughout the winter of 2013/14.

Past Shows

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Frankenstein
(closed 27 May 2016)
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Tannhäuser
(closed 15 May 2016)
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Swan Lake
(closed 7 Apr 2015)

 
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Tosca
(closed 26 Jun 2014)
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Sleeping Beauty - Royal Ballet
(closed 9 Apr 2014)
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Turnadot
(closed 10 Mar 2014)

 
Nutcracker
The Nutcracker- Royal Ballet
(closed 16 Jan 2014)
Romeo and Juliet ROH
Romeo and Juliet
(closed 26 Nov 2013)
La B
La Bayadere - Royal Ballet
(closed 22 May 2013)

 
la boheme
La Boheme
(closed 12 Mar 2013)
Nutcracker
The Nutcracker
(closed 16 Jan 2013)

L'elisir d'amore
(closed 7 Dec 2012)