Swan Lake

Swan lake
Swan Lake was Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet and is one of the worlds most famous ballets. The twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace.
Anthony Dowell's romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.
Booking from 16 March 2015 until 7 April 2015

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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

Royal Opera House Logo
(closed 26 Jun 2014)
Royal Opera House Logo
Sleeping Beauty - Royal Ballet
(closed 9 Apr 2014)
Turandot small
(closed 10 Mar 2014)

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)
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)

La Fille Mal Gardee
(closed 16 May 2012)