Sustainability Stories

Read about how we are securing a sustainable future for the Royal Opera House.

We recognise that everything we do has an impact on the environment – at our home in Covent Garden and at our sites in Thurrock in Essex and Aberdare in Wales. This includes events and activities led by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, as well as our nationwide education programmes. Our audiences, staff and artists have an effect too. We are making changes now to reduce this impact, and clearly communicate the steps we are taking. 


The Royal Opera House are asking producers, creative teams and production teams to work together to achieve their creative vision for sustainable productions.

Modular scenery increases the use of reused and recycled materials, with the aim of reducing the quantity of raw materials bought for a show and the associated carbon footprint. Modular scenic elements that can be reused and shared between shows are becoming increasingly popular in Opera Houses across Europe, as the industry works towards a more sustainable model for making productions. 


London school celebrates the King's Coronation making bunting with the Royal Opera House Costume Team

The Royal Opera House worked with local school, St Clements Danes CofE Primary School, to create bunting for the Coronation
celebrations created from costume and props materials previously used in Royal Opera House productions.

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Suited & Booted

The Royal Opera House and Suited & Booted have partnered to drive sustainable reuse of materials.

In 2019, the Royal Opera House costume department discovered over 2,000 front of house staff uniforms no longer in use. Wanting to extend the life of these quality items, we partnered with London-based charity Suited & Booted to provide smart workwear for vulnerable, unemployed and low-income men, helping them enter employment and move their lives forward. 

ROH Uniforms ©2022 ROH. Photographed by Laura Aziz


Taking steps to improve the sustainability of our food services and reduce the waste we make.

Richard Robinson began as executive chef of the Royal Opera House in the summer of 2021. As well as revamping the menu to include more seasonal produce, Richard has been changing how we use and reuse products that would normally go to waste. We caught up with him to talk about his sustainable approach. 

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