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Les Vêpres siciliennes

  • 20 October—4 November 2017
  • Main Stage

Verdi’s spectacular grand opera is conducted by Maurizio Benini with a cast including Malin Byström and Rachele Stanisci, Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle and Erwin Schrott.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  • 21–28 October 2017
  • Main Stage

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.


  • 24 October 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, The Royal Ballet dances Wayne Eagling’s short ballet inspired by MacMillan’s re-creation of Nijinsky’s lost Debussy work.

The Judas Tree / Song of the Earth

  • 24 October—1 November 2017
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet present two of Kenneth MacMillan’s most complex and important works, in the second programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

Sea of Troubles

  • 26 October—1 November 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, Yorke Dance Project performs Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful short ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Gloria / The Judas Tree / Elite Syncopations

  • 26–27 October 2017
  • Main Stage

Leading UK dance companies perform three ballets that show the range and versatility of MacMillan’s muse, in the third and final programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

Lucia di Lammermoor

  • 30 October—27 November 2017
  • Main Stage

Donizetti’s opera of a woman forced to breaking point is conducted by Michele Mariotti with a cast including Lisette Oropesa, Charles Castronovo and Christopher Maltman, in Katie Mitchell’s powerful production.

La Tragédie de Carmen

  • 3–14 November 2017
  • Wilton's Music Hall

The youthful stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme perform Peter Brook’s radical reworking of Georges Bizet’s opera in the intimate setting of Wilton’s Music Hall.

The Illustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable

  • 6–17 November 2017
  • Main Stage

Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita create new works for The Royal Ballet, in a programme that includes the first revival of Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 work for the Company.


  • 19 November—16 December 2017
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts Rossini’s epic tragedy with a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee in a new production by David Alden.


Insights: Dance with The Royal Ballet – Kenneth MacMillan

  • 20–30 October 2017

Dance original choreography from some of Kenneth MacMillan's best-loved works in a session led by staff of The Royal Ballet.

Insights: New Wave Ballet – film screening

  • 20–21 October 2017

Join filmmaker Lynne Wake for a screening of her new film on Kenneth MacMillan's early work.

Insights: MacMillan's Music

  • 24 October 2017

In this event Gramophone’s Deputy Editor Sarah Kirkup explores the diverse music Kenneth MacMillan drew on throughout his choreographic career.

Insights: The Illustrated 'Farewell'

  • 25 October 2017

See Twyla Tharp in rehearsal as she puts the finishing touches on her new work for The Royal Ballet.

Insights: MacMillan and Me – Dancing Romeo and Juliet

  • 26 October 2017

Prominent interpreters of Kenneth MacMillan’s landmark ballet discuss his influence on their lives and careers.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 27 October—4 December 2017

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


Backstage Tour

  • 20 October—30 November 2017

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

  • 20 October 2017—30 March 2018

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

  • 24 October 2017—28 February 2018

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


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

  • 20 October 2017—25 February 2018

The V&A, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, are creating a landmark exhibition presenting key moments in the story of opera from its origins in late Renaissance Italy to the present day.


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 30 October—20 November 2017

The regular free lunchtime recitals, at St Clement Danes in the Strand, feature the rising stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano recital

  • 4 June 2018

The world-famous mezzo-soprano performs in recital on the Royal Opera House main stage, accompanied on the piano by Antonio Pappano.