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Friends of Covent Garden

Becoming a Friend of Covent Garden is the best way to keep up with news and events at the Royal Opera House, as well as membership making an ideal gift for an arts-loving friend or family member.

If you purchase a Gift Membership online, you will be emailed a gift certificate for the recipient to redeem online or by telephone. For assistance, please telephone the Friends' Office on +44 (0)20 7212 9268.

Friends' membership subscriptions and donations help with everything we do, including new productions and revivals by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, the behind-the-scenes work of skilled craftspeople, and a wide range of education and access initiatives, introducing people of all ages to the magical world of live opera and ballet.


All Friends receive:

  • Advance booking ahead of the public - you can purchase between one and four tickets for most productions and sometimes up to six. However, the number will occasionally be restricted to two tickets for productions where there is exceptional demand.

  • The opportunity to book a limited number of general rehearsal tickets (most rehearsal tickets are in the Amphitheatre).

  • A subscription to our quarterly Royal Opera House Magazine and monthly e-newsletter.

  • 10% discount in the Royal Opera House Shop (excluding programmes and magazines).

  • The knowledge that your contribution is directly supporting the Royal Opera House.

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All the above benefits, with advance booking ahead of Friends and the opportunity to apply for two general rehearsal tickets.

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Supporting Friend

All the above benefits, with advance booking ahead of Friends+, an invitation to the annual Season PRenew and a personal acknowledgement on the Royal Opera House website.

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Premium 1 Friend

All the above benefits, with advance and rehearsal booking ahead of Supporting Friends, Friends+, Friends and invitation to some exclusive events.

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Premium 2 Friend

All the above benefits, with the highest level of advance and rehearsal booking of all Friends’ levels. Premium 2 Friends can book four rehearsal tickets at the same time as booking performance tickets.

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Young Friend - Royal Opera House Insider

If you’re aged 16-30 and want to discover more about what is offered on stage and behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House, then become an Insider. The membership offers the advantages of priority booking, backstage news, access to insight events, and invitations to three exclusive Young Friends events across the Season, including a backstage tour. You will be required to provide proof of age.

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