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Clore Studio Upstairs

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: Macbeth

  • 22 March 2018

An introduction to Verdi’s tragic, Shakespeare-inspired opera.

Piggy in the Middle / Sink or Swim (film)

  • 29 March—28 April 2018

Charlotte Edmonds presents her newest work Piggy in the Middle alongside a screening of her short film Sink or Swim.

Insights: Swan Lake

  • 10 May 2018

Join Liam Scarlett, John Macfarlane and dancers of The Royal Ballet for a preview of the Company's new production of Swan Lake.

Insights: Swan Lake and Me

  • 23 May—6 June 2018

Hear from dancers of The Royal Ballet about the challenges of taking on some of ballet's most iconic roles.

Insights: Adapting Swan Lake

  • 24 May 2018

Join some of the creative minds behind recent adaptations of Swan Lake as they discuss how the story and score inspired them.