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Clore Studio

A key rehearsal space for The Royal Ballet, a performance space for visiting companies and home of the Royal Opera House’s Insights programme.

The Clore Studio Upstairs is home to the Royal Opera House’s Insights programme, organized by the Learning and Participation department. These offer audience members a unique opportunity to meet the creative team and artists behind productions on the main stage or in the Linbury Studio Theatre. The Clore Studio Upstairs is also a key rehearsal space for The Royal Ballet, used both for production rehearsals and for morning class. It often hosts performances and events by visiting companies.

The Clore Studio Upstairs was created in the 1997–9 redevelopment of the Royal Opera House, part of a larger scheme to provide extensive, modern rehearsal spaces for The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, all in one building. The floor space closely matches that of the performing area of the main stage. The Clore has a sprung floor (with rubber pads and felt padding beneath the surface) to give support for dancers. As a performance space, it has a maximum seating capacity of 170.

Upcoming productions

Insights: Women of Opera

  • 21 February 2019

Professor Susan Rutherford explores the travails and triumphs of the female characters in this Season’s operas.

Insights: The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal

  • 26 February 2019

Watch Royal Ballet dancers and coaches in action as they rehearse for performances on the Covent Garden stage.

Insights: In Conversation with Steven McRae

  • 28 February 2019

Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae reflects on his fifteen years with the Company.

Insights: La forza del destino

  • 5 March 2019

Join the creative team bringing Christof Loy’s new production of Verdi's epic opera to the stage in Spring 2019.

Insights: Superwomen of the Royal Opera House

  • 8–18 March 2019

Hear from some of the ‘superwomen’ who work behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House in this series of pre-performance events to celebrate International Women's Day.

Insights: Handel at the Royal Opera House

  • 11 March 2019

Join us to explore Handel’s legacy at Covent Garden.