Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, London

This screening venue has fast become one of the most popular BP Summer Big Screens so make sure you arrive in good time for all our screenings to secure the best spot.

Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi as Romeo and Juliet ©ROH, 2015. Photographed by Alice Pennefather
Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi as Romeo and Juliet ©ROH, 2015. Photographed by Alice Pennefather

The Royal Ballet | Romeo and Juliet | 11 June at 7.30pm | pre-screening starts at 7pm

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece. Soak up free culture on your doorstep: watch The Royal Ballet on stage at the Royal Opera House in this free live screening at on the BP Big Screen at Trafalgar Square.

Anna Goryachova as Carmen in Carmen, The Royal Opera Season 2017/18 © ROH 2017. Photograph by Bill Cooper.
Anna Goryachova as Carmen in Carmen, The Royal Opera Season 2017/18 © ROH 2017. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

The Royal Opera | Carmen | 2 July at 7pm| pre-screening starts at 6.30pm

Bizet's greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José. Watch The Royal Opera’s fresh take on this much-loved opera, complete with flamenco dancers, bull fighters – and a gorilla – all in a free live screening from the Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera | The Marriage of Figaro | Tuesday 9 July at 7pm | pre-screening starts at 6.30pm

Revolution is in the air in The Royal Opera’s beautiful production of Mozart's great comic opera. Colourful characters mix with intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness in a multitude of dramatic twists. Watch a live screening of this famous opera from the Royal Opera House stage.

What I need to know before I attend:

No glassware permitted - plastic jugs will be available at each screening

Due to the nature of the venue, all seating is on stone paving so we recommend you bring a cushion or blanket. No portable seating, garden chairs, tables or gazebos are permitted. There is limited purpose built temporary seating for those with special requirements to reserve a seat please contact Access Dept. Box Office, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD

Food & Drink – The on-site licensed Café will be open throughout the event selling a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks, and ‘picnic specials’.  You are welcome to bring your own picnic. Please note no naked flames are permitted on site – including garden candles, barbeques or similar.

Please be aware that streets surrounding Trafalgar Square are designated as a ‘no drinking zone’ by Westminster Council; so please only consume alcohol within the event arena.

Litter and recycling facilities will be available on-site. Please help the Royal Opera House minimise its costs by placing all rubbish in bins provided, or taking litter home with you.

We kindly request that no dogs, except guide dogs, are brought to the Trafalgar Square screenings.

Access - Trafalgar Square is accessible to all. There is 1 lift to enable direct access from the North Terrace to the main part of the Square.  Disabled toilet facilities on site. There are a limited number of disabled car parking bays adjacent to the Square. Please dress appropriately for the anticipated weather conditions. For special seating requirements at Trafalgar Square please contact; Access Dept. Box Office, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD or email Please include the total number of tickets/screening required and include your full name and postal address.

Security – you will notice a security presence at Trafalgar Square, and we will be searching bags on entry. This is for your security and to protect this beautiful heritage site. Your safety is paramount to us and your understanding greatly appreciated.

You can help us to make sure that this has as little impact on your visit as possible by doing the following:

  • Please avoid bringing any large bags with you (small picnic hampers or coolers are permitted but will be searched)
  • If a bag is absolutely necessary, no bag larger than a small handbag please (we would advise no larger than A3 or a briefcase)

Our staff are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect and we ask that you show them and your fellow audience members respect too. We adopt a zero tolerance approach in response to anyone who interacts with our staff or with fellow audience members in an intimidating, aggressive or threatening manner.

The café on the Square will be open but you are welcome to bring a picnic and alcohol (for consumption within the Square) but be prepared to decant all liquids into recyclable plastic carafes provided by the event.

For your information, portable furniture, barbecues, bikes and dogs (other than guide dogs) are not permitted in Trafalgar Square.

Please note, the Royal Opera House always seeks guidance regarding content from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). While a 12A rating is the minimum classification level issued for all live screenings in the UK, our content can still be suitable for children of all ages. Click this link for further information regarding the classification of filmed content.

How do I get there?

Underground - Closest Tube stations are Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern Lines), Embankment (Circle & District Lines) and Leicester Square (Piccadilly Line).

Rail - Charing Cross Station serving South East London and Kent is 5-minutes walk.

Bus - Numerous Bus services serve the Trafalgar Square area.

Car - Limited parking available.  Q-Park Spring Gardens is a 2-minute walk, in addition to limited meter parking nearby.

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Special thanks to the Mayor of London for the use of Trafalgar Square