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Summer Season 2013/14

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

13 April 2013 at 12.16pm | 66 Comments


Booking dates

All the booking dates below open at 10am.

View the Royal Opera House 2013-14 Summer Season Seating Plan (PDF 1 MB)

Use the links above to see a full list of events that can be booked on that particular day. This can be useful when adding a number of tickets from different productions to your basket.

Opera and Music

Please note: Although they will be staged in the summertime,Tosca and Dialogues des Carmelites are part of the Spring Season and as such will be available to book with Spring Season productions.

Dir: Jonathan Kent
10 May–26 June 2014
Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.

Dialogues des Carmelites NEW
Dir: Robert Carsen
29 May–11 June 2014
Robert Carsen’s award-winning production of Poulenc’s sublime opera is set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution.

Manon Lescaut NEW
Dir: Jonathan Kent
17 June–7 July 2014
Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 20 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent.

Musical Rumpus: The Mountain Shakers (Clore Studio)
Dir: Zoë Palmer
17 and 18 June 2014
Spitalfields Music present Handel's Acis and Galatea in an enchanting adaptation for babies and toddlers up to age two.

Quartett (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Dir: John Fulljames
18–28 June 2014
A new production of this vibrant and unsettling opera by acclaimed Italian composer Luca Francesconi.

Ariadne auf Naxos
Dir: Christof Loy
25 June–13 July 2014 and in concert in Birmingham on 6 July 2014
Grand passions and comedy collide with wonderful effect in Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’s dazzling opera

Maria Stuarda NEW
Dir: Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser
5–17 July 2014
Two queens become bitter rivals in Donizetti’s tragic opera, given a new staging by directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

La bohème
Dir: John Copley
9–19 July 2014
A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. John Copley’s production brings 19th-century Paris to the stage in vivid detail.

Gloria – A Pigtale (Mahogany Opera Group, Linbury Studio Theatre)
Dir: Frederic Wake-Walker
16–9 July 2014
Frederic Wake-Walker’s production of this darkly comic opera makes the most of H.K. Gruber’s brilliantly zany cabaret style and sharp satire.

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance
20 July 2014
See the opera stars of tomorrow on the Main Stage at Covent Garden – a specially selected programme that showcases the talents of the Young Artists.

Moses und Aron (Welsh National Opera)
Dir: Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito
25 and 26 July
A thrilling new production of Schoenberg’s rarely-performed masterpiece by Welsh National Opera.

Ballet and Dance

Springboard (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Verve | Ballet Central | Rambert School | Dutch National Ballet
6–29 May 2014
Springboard returns in 2014 with more compelling work from young professionals at some of the world's finest dance schools.

Serenade/Sweet Violets/DGV
14–26 May 2014
A mixed programme of exhilarating contrasts, from a dark Victorian melodrama to a celebration of hi-tech modernity.

The Dream/Connectome/The Concert
31 May–13 June 2014
A world premiere and two comic masterpieces make this a delightful evening of exuberant humour and flights of fancy.

Draft Works (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
2–4 June 2014
The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works presents choreography in its most elemental form as Royal Ballet and guest dancers are given the opportunity to perform work still in development.

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performances (Linbury Studio Theatre)
2–5 July 2014
The Royal Ballet School presents a summer showcase of dance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, displaying the full range of the School's talent.

The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee
12 July 2014
An exuberant showcase featuring a wide range of heritage and contemporary repertory, performed with verve by students from the Lower and Upper Schools.

Restless Creature (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
22–26 July 2014
Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet collaborates with four young choreographers to create a suite of duets that she will perform with each choreographer in turn.

Nobody's Baby – The World's Greatest Show (Paul Hamlyn Hall) NEW
27 July 2014
Arthur Pita, creator of the award-winning The Metamorphosis, presents a unique new piece of dance theatre in the Paul Hamlyn Hall.

Cubanía NEW
21–3 July 2014
Carlos Acosta presents an exciting mixed programme featuring works from leading Cuban artists.

Mariinsky Season

Romeo and Juliet
28-31 July 2014
The Mariinsky season opens with Lavrovsky and Prokofiev's iconic telling of Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers.

Swan Lake
1-14 August 2014
The Mariinsky dances Konstantin Sergeyev's classic production of Tchaikovsky's romantic masterpiece.

Apollo / A Midsummer Night's Dream
8-9 August 2014
The Mariinsky performs two Balanchine masterpieces, with music by Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.

The Firebird / Marguerite and Armand / Concerto DSCH
11-12 August 2014
The Mariinsky dances a spectacular mixed programme with works by Fokine, Ashton and Ratmansky.

15-16 August 2014
Ratmansky's first full-length ballet, set to Prokofiev's score, is a contemporary retelling of Perrault's fairytale.

To accompany the productions on-stage, Royal Opera House Restaurants are providing menus tailored specially for each production. Find out more closer to the time in our Restaurants and Bars section.


By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

13 April 2013 at 12.16pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera and tagged 2013/14, Ballet, booking announcement, booking days, opera, season, season announcement, Season guide, Summer Season

This article has 66 comments

  1. M.R.Wells responded on 27 May 2013 at 9:25pm Reply

    Please send me information about ballet performances in July. I shall be in London the 20th- 27th
    Thank you

  2. Gay Kilshaw responded on 8 July 2013 at 9:50pm Reply

    Wil be staying in Clapham from the 19th-07-2013 interested in knowing what might be happening

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 9 July 2013 at 9:53am

      Hi Gay

      The season is over for The Royal Ballet, but The Royal Opera are on stage with:

      La rondine

      The last two are sold out aside from returns:

      Best wishes


  3. Peter responded on 26 July 2013 at 12:01pm Reply

    Hello. I will be coming to London in mid June, 2014 and I would like to know what the Ballet program will be for that time period. Thank you kindly.

    Peter, from Melbourne, Australia

  4. Luisette responded on 1 August 2013 at 1:35am Reply

    Will you add more Bolshoi Ballet show dates? It seems they're all sold out:(

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 1 August 2013 at 10:33am

      Hi Luisette,

      We're afraid that the Bolshoi will only be with us for the time publicized. It's worth keeping an eye out for returns though.


      Digital Content Producer

  5. When will be available the packages for the summer season 2014?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 14 November 2013 at 10:07am

      Dear Emiliano,

      Summer Season Advanced Booking Packages will be available for Friends of Covent Garden to book from 4 March. They will be open for general booking on 4 April,

      All the best,


  6. Ronald Friedman responded on 24 November 2013 at 2:04am Reply

    Did I read correctly? Is Tosca sold out for the
    June 21, 2014 performance? We will be arriving
    that day, and would love to see it.


    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 25 November 2013 at 10:31am

      Hi Ronald,

      If you're arriving that day, we do offer day tickets (67 on the day of performance from 10am at the Box Office at Covent Garden).

      Details can be found at


      ROH Content Producer

  7. Kirstie Phipps responded on 29 November 2013 at 5:58pm Reply

    to RONALD FRIEDMAN re your question about Tosca on 21 June 2014, and your reply from " Chris ROH Content Producer." Seemed to me Chris' answer to you was misleading - no, Tosca for that date is not booked out, public booking for that performance doesn't even open till January 14 2014 so you should easily be able to book tickets.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 3 December 2013 at 11:26am

      Hi Kirstie/Ronald,

      Apologies, that is correct - general booking isn't yet open so the options for Ronald are to wait until 14 January to book, or to book at Covent Garden on the day where - as mentioned - there will be day tickets.

      Sorry for any confusion caused.


      ROH Content Producer

  8. Kirstie Phipps responded on 29 November 2013 at 6:12pm Reply

    Or is there something special about the performance on 21 June that I don't know about ?? Chris - help please!

  9. karen omahen responded on 30 December 2013 at 7:24pm Reply

    I would like to know when Romeo and Juliet will be performed next by the Royal Ballet.
    Thank you

  10. Karen Boulter responded on 31 December 2013 at 9:40am Reply

    Is BP sponsoring big screen ROH events in 2014 and if so what and when. Thanks

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 1 January 2014 at 5:14pm

      Hi Karen

      We will be releasing details of this year's BP Big Screens in the next couple of months.

      Best wishes


  11. Daniela responded on 1 January 2014 at 9:48pm Reply

    Is there any ballet performance on August the 18 th, 19th and 20th?
    Thank you.

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 2 January 2014 at 9:51am

      Dear Daniela,

      I'm afraid that The Royal Ballet have a break over the Summer and so there are no Royal Ballet performances over August.

      The last Royal Ballet production in the Summer Season is a Mixed Programme - The Dream / New Marriott / The Concert, which runs until the 13 June. You can find out more here:

      All the best,


  12. Nicky responded on 25 January 2014 at 10:50am Reply

    Hello. Can you please provide some more information on Mariinsky tour this summer? I am interested in cast for the performances. web site referred to in the Magazine does not work.

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 12 February 2014 at 2:36pm

      Dear Nicky

      Apologies that you have found it difficult to locate the information. At present you can see productions and dates at the very foot of this page but casting will not be announced until closer to the time:

      Best wishes


  13. Susy Canvin responded on 26 January 2014 at 6:58pm Reply

    I notice that the three evenings of Carlos Acosta's Cuban dance are not listed on the Friend's Booking information for 18th March. Will I be able to book tickets on that day?

    Many thanks

  14. Diana Mitchell responded on 2 February 2014 at 12:31pm Reply

    Why is the Mariinsky season not listed?

  15. Alex wallace responded on 9 February 2014 at 7:23pm Reply

    can you please tell me when bookings will be open for December 2014 and January 2015
    ballet productions

    Many Thanks


    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 10 February 2014 at 5:09pm

      Dear Alex,

      Booking for the Autumn Season 2014/15 opens for Friends of Covent Garden in June, and for General Booking in July. Booking for Winter Season productions will open for Friends of Covent Garden in September, and for General Booking in October. Further details will be released at the end of March. I do hope that helps.

      All the best,


  16. Annie responded on 23 February 2014 at 6:47pm Reply

    I'm wondering (hoping) that you might know if the Bolshoi Ballet that appeared last year will be touring here again in July or August?
    Many thanks.

  17. simon fisher responded on 23 February 2014 at 11:33pm Reply

    I cannot find the RBS Linbury performances - will they appear in time for the Friends' booking on Mar 18th? And can I assume they will be in the week of July 7th?
    Best wishes,

  18. Claire Ball responded on 26 February 2014 at 9:32am Reply

    Good day,
    I would like to find out if there are any Ballets on during the month of September 2014?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 27 February 2014 at 10:05am

      Dear Claire,

      Details of the 2014/15 Season will be announced at the end of March. If you check on the website then, there will be full listings of the forthcoming ballets.

      All the best,


  19. George responded on 26 February 2014 at 9:38am Reply


    Do you know if the casting for Mariinsky's performances will be available before booking opens?

    Thank you!

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 7 March 2014 at 4:25pm

      Dear George

      Apologies for the delay in responding. Principal casting will be announced before public booking opens but I am unable to give you a precise date.

      Best wishes


  20. Helene Gowers responded on 27 February 2014 at 2:35pm Reply

    We are visiting from Australia in Sept/Oct 2014.
    How can I find out what is on @ ROH from 26th Sept to 2nd Oct please?

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 27 February 2014 at 9:32pm

      Dear Helene

      We will be announcing our 2014/15 season during the spring, so keep an eye on the website for full details.

      Best wishes


  21. Sue Bendell responded on 1 March 2014 at 9:25pm Reply

    Is there going to be a production of Alice in Wonderland this year? My 9 year old daughter has just watched Darcy Bussell's documentary and would love to see that ballet performance.
    Thank you

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 2 March 2014 at 2:48pm

      Dear Sue

      We will be announcing our 2014/15 programme in the spring - we'll flag on the website and social media when we can share the news.

      Best wishes


  22. Keith Osborne responded on 5 March 2014 at 8:01pm Reply

    Hi ,
    It's my 60th birthday this year and I'm wanting to see my first opera which
    has to be Carmen , are there plans for it in the next season 2014/15 ?
    If not can you please point me in the right direction as I'm desperate !
    Thank you

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 6 March 2014 at 9:50am

      Dear Keith

      Such a shame, you just missed it at the ROH in January.

      Our 2014/15 plans will be revealed in the spring, but I will ask our social media followers whether there are any UK productions coming up.

      In the meantime, you may enjoy this clip from our YouTube channel:

      Best wishes


  23. Keith Osborne responded on 6 March 2014 at 8:29pm Reply

    Thanks Ellen
    I appreciate that
    The you tube video was great .......
    just fuels my appetite ..... almost as good as the video I have with Maria Ewing.
    Thanks again

  24. Lawrence responded on 10 March 2014 at 9:48pm Reply

    I am wondering if the principle cast announcement for this summer's Mariinsky tour at ROH will be made prior to friends booking period (18th March) ?

  25. Stuart Dixon responded on 18 March 2014 at 10:07am Reply

    Why are you showing the RBS performances on the list when the booking does not open until 8th April???

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 18 March 2014 at 10:22am

      Hi Stuart,

      The list is for all bookers, general as well as Friends.


      ROH Content Producer

  26. Its really annoying that this page doesnt list the principal singers. After all, the singers make the performance, not the director or producer.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 18 March 2014 at 11:10am

      Hi Aditi,

      Casting and further information is listed on production pages.


      ROH Content Producer

  27. John responded on 26 March 2014 at 4:58pm Reply


    Why doesn't the system remember the CC details that have been entered previously but ask for the card details each time? It is pretty inconvenient and time consuming? Why breaking something that was working perfectly before and replace it with something that slows the booking process?


    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 26 March 2014 at 10:47pm

      Hi John

      Could I check what sort of device and browser you are using? Let me know and I'll pass the information onto our digital development team.

      Best wishes


  28. John responded on 27 March 2014 at 2:57pm Reply

    Dear Ellen

    I tried on Safari on Mac and GoogleChrom on a PC and still the same! Each time I had to enter the card details for a card that has been stored on my account for years now. I even checked on remember this card details box and still asked me to enter the CC number each time.

    Thank you

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 27 March 2014 at 3:19pm

      Thanks for the update, John. I will pass these details on to our Development team.

      Best wishes


  29. John responded on 28 March 2014 at 11:12am Reply

    Thank you Ellen!

    I will appreciate it if you keep us informed once the tech team had looked in to it?

    Thank you


  30. Isobel Smith responded on 3 April 2014 at 11:52am Reply

    When does the student booking window open for the summer season?

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 3 April 2014 at 7:57pm

      Hi Isobel

      Booking opens for students at 10am on 7 April.

      Best wishes

  31. Anne Burley responded on 9 April 2014 at 2:41am Reply

    I shall be in LondonAugust 30 to Sept 2 and Sept 6 and 7. Do you have anything on thee dates?

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 9 April 2014 at 10:38pm

      Dear Anne

      The period you will be in London is when we reopen after the August break. We are likely to have some events programmed at this time as part of our Deloitte Ignite festival, but details will be announced closer to the time:

      Best wishes


  32. An responded on 31 May 2014 at 3:28am Reply

    do you have any free perfomances of the Royal Ballet, for example in the parcs?

  33. Ana Paula responded on 8 June 2014 at 11:49pm Reply

    Hi i would like to know if there is going to be some ballet performances fot this summer on june 22 or 23?

  34. Ronald Senator responded on 14 July 2014 at 5:50pm Reply

    I've been in New York for two years, but back home in London this August.
    I have a UK disability badge 342385M. I am on the disability list at ENO and at the Southbank, which ensures reduced prices for myself and my carer wife. Am uncertain if I am also on the Covent Garden list, and in any case, I am unsure whether you do in fact provide reduced pricing
    for the disabled.Please let me know. I am 88 and able to walk, no wheelchair needed.
    Am particularly interested to come o the Marinsky Cinderella.

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