London Travel Guide

London Performing Arts

Royal Opera House

  • Bow St. Map It
  • Covent Garden
  • Dance
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

Along with Milan's La Scala, New York's Metropolitan, and the Palais Garnier in Paris, this is one of the world's great opera houses. The resident troupe has mounted spectacular productions in the past, while recent productions have tended toward more contemporary operas. Whatever the style of the performance, the extravagant theater delivers a full dose of opulence. The famed Royal Ballet performs classical and contemporary repertoire here, too, and smaller-scale works of both opera and dance are presented in the Linbury Studio Theatre and Clore Studio Upstairs. A small allocation of tickets for each performance of main stage productions for the week ahead—even those that are sold out—goes on sale online at 1 pm every Friday. If you wish to see the hall but are not able to procure a ticket, you can join a backstage tour or one of the less frequent tours of the auditorium; they book up several weeks in advance. BP Big Screens is the ROH's summer series of live relays of its opera and ballet productions; screenings are free and take place outdoors in public spaces all over the country, including Trafalgar Square.

Performing Art Information


Bow St., London, Greater London, WC2E 9DD, England

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Performing Art Details:

  • Performances £4–£280; tours £10–£15

Published 08/20/2030


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