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

Built in 1858 after the previous theatre burnt down, its splendid period character has been wonderfully preserved ever since. There are the rich red curtains of the stage, the stunning ceiling (which now hides very modern technology), the glittering gold of the proscenium arch, and the red and gold lights which replaced the old gas lamps! And enveloping it all is the historic atmosphere of a great world theatre alongside a dynamic working theatre of today. Now visitors can enjoy a special tour of the auditorium that focuses on the architecture and the story of the current theatre. Hear stories of the famous opera singers who have taken centre stage. See the Royal Retiring Room, still used by our Royal Patrons today.

Please note: The Velvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour begins at 4pm. This tour also starts at the highest part of the auditorium. Anyone who suffers from vertigo or who is unaccustomed to heights should be aware of this and reconsider attending before booking a ticket for this tour.

Access: The tour route is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please advise the Box Office at the time of booking if you have any access requirements. The ROH is a large building and lengthy corridors and stairs may need to be used on the tour route. There is no possibility of seating backstage during a backstage tour.

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