Le Nozze di Figaro

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Booking from 15 September 2015 until 14 October 2015
Running Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Romeo And Juliet

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Booking from 19 September 2015 until 2 December 2015
Running Time: 3 hours

Carmen

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Booking from 19 October 2015 until 30 November 2015
Running Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

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Booking from 3 December 2015 until 1 January 2016
Running Time: 3 hours

The Nutcracker

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Booking from 8 December 2015 until 14 January 2016
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 7304 4000
Access Booking:020 7304 4000
Group Booking:020 7304 4000
Stage Door:020 7240 1200

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

 

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

The Prince of the Pagodas
(closed 29 Jun 2012)

Mixed: Ballo della regina - La Sylphide
(closed 15 Jun 2012)