Royal Opera House

Dance Venues Covent Garden
Tel: 020 7304 4000

Home of the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera. Reopened in December 1999 following extensive refurbishment. Also know as Covent Garden.

Main uditorium. Photo: Alberto Arzoz

The Royal Opera also includes the Linbury Studio Theatre and the Clore Studio Upstairs.

Type of performances
Ballet & Opera on the main stage, though there are exceptional one-off performances by outside artists. For example Bjork has a concert on 16 Dec. In the Vilar Floral Hall there’s Floral Dance, & often on Monday’s there’s free lunchtime recitals.

Seating capacity
Main Auditorium 2262

The redevelopment of the Royal Opera House on its 2.5-acre site has brought a range of benefits for audiences, performers, people who live and work in Covent Garden and visitors to the area.

The work embraced:
The renovation of the original 1858 Grade 1 listed building, including the auditorium and the original foyers; The restoration of the main part of the 19th Century Floral Hall, the roof of which was destroyed by fire in the 1950s and its incorporation into the main theatre building as the new main audience circulation space;
The construction of the new building, which houses additional public areas, new rehearsal studios for The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, and new, efficient storage and handling mechanisms for scenery.

When the theatre re-opened the auditorium had been re-raked, re-seated, re-painted, re-gilded and re-lit, but is still immediately recognisable as the same “House” that the audience has known as the home of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

Hiring Information
Contact details can be found on this page:

Annual Seasons

Booking Details
The Box Office open Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm, is situated in the Link connecting Bow Street to Covent Garden Piazza.

Telephone: The Box Office 020 7304 4000
(open 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday)

Fax Bookings 020 7212 9460
Minicom telephone 020 7212 9228

Access Information
The new building and the three auditoria are accessible to wheelchair users thanks to lifts serving all three levels except th Orchestra Stalls in the main auditorium.

Service dogs are welcome in the auditoria, or can be looked after by the Royal Opera House staff and returned after the show.

A Brahler infr-red assisted hearing facility is available in both the main auditorium and the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Audio introduced performances or Talking Notes are an aural equivalent of the printed programme and are heard via a headset.

Braill and large print synopses and cast lists are available for each performance.

To book any special requirements call 020 7212 9460 or for deaf patrons a minicom service is available on 020 7212 9228.

Patrons registered on the Access List can take advantage of special discounted tickets.

Become a Friend Of Covent Garden
For an annual contribution of £55 you can join the Opera House as a Friend and enjoy various benefits whilst helping to support them. Benefits include: Regular mailings, advance postal ballot, Opera House magazine, ticket ballots for open rehearsals, evening masterclasses, special lunchtime events.
You can also support the Opera House at one of the higher levels, contact The Membership Department for further details.

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9DD

Entrances are on Bow Street and via the Covent Garden Piazza

Underground: Covent Garden tube station on the Piccadilly Line

There is no designated parking at the Royal Opera House for ticket holders. The nearest NCP car parks are five minutes’ walk away at Drury Lane and Shelton Street. There is a drop-off point outside the Bow Street entrance. A limited number of orange badge bays are available in the vicinity, but are not reserved for the use of Royal Opera House patrons.

Buses: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501 (southbound only), 505, 521, X68 all go to the Aldwych, which is close to the Theatre.

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