Play your part in one of the world’s most celebrated theatres. 

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, boost your CV and develop your skills. 

You don't need experience or knowledge of ballet or opera. We hope you will enjoy learning more about our art forms during your time volunteering with us. 

Volunteer roles 

Each volunteer opportunity has a role description and suggested time commitment. Most opportunities suggest a commitment of six months.  

We offer an induction and full training for each role. 

Register to volunteer 

We post volunteering opportunities on our website. Once you have registered, there is an informal selection process. 

We are grateful to everyone who wants to volunteer. We regret that we can’t offer a volunteer placement to everyone who registers.

Who can register  

Our volunteer opportunities are open to everyone aged 18 or older. 

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, in particular people who are currently underrepresented in our organization. This includes disabled people and those who are ethnically diverse. 

Access needs 

If you have access needs, we can have a chat to understand your needs and tailor a volunteer role to suit you. 

Non-UK citizens 

You can volunteer in the UK if your immigration status permits it. 

Contact UK Visas and Immigration to find out about your eligibility to volunteer. We cannot sponsor visas for volunteering.  

Volunteering and claiming benefits 

You can volunteer while getting state benefits if you continue to meet all the conditions of your benefit. Visit gov.uk for more information about volunteering and claiming benefits. 

Volunteering with a criminal conviction

You don’t need to disclose anything when you register. We may ask about any unspent convictions if we offer you a volunteer placement. You can tell us about the circumstances of any offences in confidence. You might need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for some roles.

Royal Opera House Volunteers ©2022 ROH. Photograph by Rachel Cherry
Royal Opera House Volunteers ©2022 ROH. Photograph by Rachel Cherry

Volunteer recognition

As a volunteer you can: 

  • Go to rehearsals of Royal Ballet and Royal Opera performances (subject to availability) 
  • Book tickets before the public 
  • Go to ROH volunteer social events and celebrations 
  • Enjoy discounts in our shop, cafe and restaurants 
  • Apply for internal vacancies at the ROH 

You are not paid for your time as a volunteer.  

We reimburse agreed out-of-pocket expenses for: 

  • travel up to £13.50 per day 
  • refreshments up to £4 for longer sessions
Royal Opera House Volunteers ©2022 ROH. Photograph by Rachel Cherry
Royal Opera House Volunteers ©2022 ROH. Photograph by Rachel Cherry

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