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  • The Royal Ballet
  • 28 October—12 November 2016
  • Main Stage

Kenneth MacMillan’s full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian Revolution.

A Man of Good Hope

  • Isango Ensemble
  • 28 October—12 November 2016
  • Young Vic

Award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble tell the true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.

The Nose

  • The Royal Opera
  • 1–9 November 2016
  • Main Stage

Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

  • The Royal Opera
  • 7 November—3 December 2016
  • Main Stage

Vittorio Grigòlo and Leonardo Capalbo share the title role and lead an excellent cast including Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina in Offenbach’s fantastical operatic drama The Tales of Hoffmann.


  • Jette Parker Young Artists
  • 8–19 November 2016
  • Wiltons Music Hall

See the opera stars of tomorrow in a blackly comic production of Handel’s masterful pasticcio, in the atmospheric setting of Wilton’s Music Hall.

New Charlotte Edmonds and Robert Binet

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 10–19 November 2016
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

A mixed programme of two new works by young choreographers Charlotte Edmonds and Robert Binet, each of whom has been mentored by Wayne McGregor.

Chroma / Multiverse / Carbon Life

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 10–19 November 2016
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet celebrates Wayne McGregor’s tenth anniversary as Resident Choreographer with an all-McGregor programme, including two much-loved works and an exciting world premiere.

Manon Lescaut

  • The Royal Opera
  • 22 November—12 December 2016
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko in the first revival of Jonathan Kent’s thought-provoking production of Puccini’s first operatic triumph.

The Nutcracker

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 23 November 2016—12 January 2017
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

Il trovatore

  • The Royal Opera
  • 1 December 2016—9 February 2017
  • Main Stage

The first revival of David Bösch’s new production for The Royal Opera, with two casts including Maria Agresta, Lianna Haroutounian, Anita Rachvelishvili and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.


Student Insight: Taking Shape - Young choreographers in rehearsal

  • 7 November 2016

Celebrating Wayne McGregor's 10-year anniversary as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, meet the next generation of young choreographers as they rehearse dancers live in the studio.

Insights: Big Sing - Season Highlights

  • 8 November 2016

Sing in the new season and learn a selection of musical highlights from the autumn and winter opera programme including chorus numbers from La traviata and II trovatore.

Insights: The Sleeping Beauty

  • 22 November 2016

Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production in rehearsal, before it takes to the main stage.

Insights: Behind the Scenes - Production Management

  • 23 November 2016

Join us for this fascinating Insight as our Production Managers tell us how they take opera and ballet productions from page to stage.

Insights: In Conversation with Alessandra Ferri

  • 1 December 2016

Returning to reprise her role in Woolf Works, the former Principal of The Royal Ballet discusses her glittering career.

See all upcoming Insights.


Friends Rehearsals

  • 4–18 November 2016

Friends of Covent Garden have the opportunity to purchase tickets to open rehearsals.


Backstage Tour

  • 28 October—30 November 2016

Visit the Backstage and Front of House areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance.

Thurrock Tour

  • 28 October 2016—28 July 2017

Discover the fascinating world of the craftspeople who create stunning costumes, scenery and sets for the Royal Opera House on a tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre.

Velvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour

  • 31 October—10 December 2016

Whenever visitors see the historic auditorium of the Royal Opera House for the first time, it always amazes them.


Inspiration Days

  • 28 October 2016—2 June 2017

Visit the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre, learn about the skills used in stage and costume creation, and take part in hands-on workshops.


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 14–28 November 2016

The regular free lunchtime recitals at the Swiss Church in Endell Street feature the rising stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.