Join us this November for a festival of making, doing and experiencing. Everyone is welcome.
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Activities and entertainment for all, including:
- Join Alice and characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
- Catch a specially commissioned fanfare composed by students of the Royal College of Music and played by members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
- Experience some of Handel’s divine duets, performed by two singers from the Royal Opera Chorus.
- Listen to Billy’s Band in a family-friendly concert from brass players of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (morning session only)
- Watch students from The Royal Ballet School demonstrate a class and rehearse pas de deux.
- Immerse yourself in a re-imagined La traviata and discover the tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo.
- Enjoy contrasting works celebrating and exploring the dynamics of dancing duets, by choreographers including Alexander Whitley and Charlotte Edmonds in collaboration with visual artist Hugo Dalton.
- See Royal Ballet dancers create new works alongside their peers for this Season's Draft Works.
- Join in with Everybody Dances and perform scenes from MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet
- Listen to the ROH Youth Opera Company as they rehearse the finale to Humperdinck’s masterpiece Hansel and Gretel and rejoice that the Witch is dead!
- Get to know characters from the Royal Opera House’s past and present, including Royal Ballet Founder Ninette de Valois and Frederick Gye, who was manager of the Royal Opera House in Victorian times, John Rich, famous for the role of Harlequin, and an usher through the ages – all brought to life by actors with theatre director Anna Morrisey.
- Sing and stage Summertime from Gershwin’s operatic masterpiece Porgy and Bess
- The Level 5 Restaurant will be filled with music from time to time throughout the day. Enjoy a tea or a coffee and admire one of London’s best skyline views
- See the statues of the Pit Lobby come to life, and hear stories from the Royal Opera House’s past, including those of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn.
- Dress up in opera and ballet costumes and take a selfie.
- Make something useful or beautiful to take home with you from materials the Royal Opera House would otherwise throw away.
- See a 3D Royal Opera House made of LEGO™ bricks.
Suitable for all ages, but activities will be aimed to ages 3+
The content in the morning session is repeated in the afternoon session
Visitors will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, and we may not be able to permit entry once capacity is reached
Each session lasts about three hours