Asmik Grigorian in Natalie Abrahami and Ann Yee’s Rusalka, The Royal Opera ©2023 Laura Stevens

Royal Opera House in Cinema

Since 2008, our cinema programme has brought over 120 opera and ballet broadcasts to audiences across the globe. It now reaches more than 1,500 cinemas from the UK to New Zealand, bringing the best of our resident companies to the big screen.

2023/24 Cinema Season

The Royal Opera House's upcoming Cinema Season will comprise an astonishing 13 productions, eight of which will be broadcast to screens across the globe. Audiences have the best seat in the house – sharing the joy of live performance, and the beauty of world class art, at cinemas in more than 50 countries around the world. Booking opens soon.

Tickets are now on sale via your local cinema.

A group of Royal Ballet artists dance onstage in white tutus in a performance of Swan Lake.

Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet

Classical ballet's most powerful tale of love, treachery and forgiveness returns to the Royal Opera House stage.

Live in cinemas: Wednesday 24 April 2024, 7.15pm BST
Encores from: Sunday 28 April 2024, 2pm BST

Aigul Akhmetshina in Damiano Michieletto's Carmen, The Royal Opera


The Royal Opera

Aigul Akmetshina and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya share the title role in Damiano Michieletto's sizzling new production of Bizet’s ever-popular opera. Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and La Scala, Milan.

Live in cinemas: Wednesday 1 May 2024, 6.45pm BST
Encores from: Sunday 5 May 2024, 2pm BST

The Winter's Tale

The Royal Ballet

Shakespeare’s profound story of love and loss, artfully adapted into a contemporary three-act narrative ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, returns to the Main Stage. A co-production between The Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.

Live in cinemas: Wednesday 22 May 2024, 7.15pm BST
Encores from: Sunday 26 May 2024, 2pm BST

Available to watch in the UK only

Message in a Bottle

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK

The iconic songs of Sting. The electrifying choreography of Kate Prince. This is a tale of hope.

Special Screening: Thursday 30 May 2024, 7.20pm BST
Encores from: Sunday 2 June 2024, 2pm BST

Available to watch in the UK only

Andrea Chénier

The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar's spectacular staging of Giordano's epic historical drama, conducted by long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano. Co-production with China National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing and San Francisco Opera.

Live in cinemas: Tuesday 11 June 2024, 7.15pm BST
Encores from: Sunday 16 June 2024, 2pm BST

MacMillan Celebrated

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet celebrates the breadth of Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s one-act ballets, Danses Concertantes, Different Drummer and Requiem.

Live in cinemas: Tuesday 9 April 2024, 7.15pm BST
Encores from: Sunday 14 April 2024, 2pm BST

Available to watch in the UK only

Madama Butterfly

The Royal Opera

Puccini’s devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer.

Live in cinemas: Tuesday 26 March 2024, 7.15pm GMT
Encores from: Sunday 31 March 2024, 2pm BST


The Royal Ballet

Torn between her desire for a life of splendour and riches and her devotion to her true love Des Grieux, the feckless and capricious Manon pays the ultimate price.

Live in cinemas: Wednesday 7 February 2024, 7.15pm GMT
Encores from: Sunday 11 February 2024, 2pm GMT

Asmik Grigorian in Natalie Abrahami and Ann Yee’s Rusalka, The Royal Opera ©2023 Laura Stevens


The Royal Opera

This poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairy tale reveals our uneasy relationship with the natural world and humanity’s attempts to own and tame it.

Special screening: Wednesday 24 January 2024, 6.45pm GMT
Encores from: Sunday 28 January 2024, 2pm GMT

Available to watch in the UK only

The Nutcracker

The Royal Ballet

Discover the enchantment of ballet with this sparkling festive treat for the whole family.

Live in cinemas: Tuesday 12 December 2023, 7.15pm GMT
Encores from: Sunday 17 December 2023, 2pm GMT

Don Quixote

The Royal Ballet

Teeming with comedy, wit and an abundance of bravura choreography, Carlos Acosta's production brings the Spanish heat and romance of Cervantes' classic novel to life.

Live in cinemas: Tuesday 7 November 2023, 7.15pm GMT
Encores from: Sunday 12 November 2023, 2pm GMT

L'elisir d'amore

The Royal Opera

Expect sun, fun and vocal acrobatics in Laurent Pelly’s much-loved staging of Donizetti’s intoxicating and witty comedy. A co-production with Opéra national de Paris.

Live in cinemas: Thursday 5 October 2023, 7.15pm BST
Encores from: Sunday 8 October 2023, 2pm BST

Available to watch in the UK only

Barrie Kosky's Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Das Rheingold


Director Barrie Kosky joins forces with conductor Antonio Pappano in a bold new imagining of the first chapter of Wagner's Ring cycle.

Live in cinemas: Wednesday 20 September 2023, 7.15pm BST
Encore screenings from: Sunday 24 September 2023, 2pm BST

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