Live from Covent Garden © ROH 2016. Photograph by Sim Canetty-Clarke
Live from Covent Garden © ROH 2016. Photograph by Sim Canetty-Clarke

A statement from the Royal Opera House on the resumption of lockdown

As we adapt to changing circumstances, we must assess what is safely possible in terms of performances and rehearsals.

By Alex Beard (Chief Executive) / Kevin O'Hare (Director of The Royal Ballet) / Oliver Mears (Director of The Royal Opera) / Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director
Wednesday 4 November 2020, 11.55am

Very sadly, today’s opening night of The Royal Ballet’s live performance of Elite Syncopations and other delights will also be the last for now. Alongside theatres across the country, we have had to cancel all our planned ballet and opera performances this November.

We will, however, continue our programme of live and pre-recorded streamed and broadcast activity throughout the month, building on the success of our recent Royal Opera Gala performance, Jette Parker Young Artists concerts, The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage, as well as the critically acclaimed new works in 4/4 and New Dark Age. Whatever the challenges before us, we are determined to showcase the extraordinary talents of our remarkable community of artists and craftspeople, offering some much-needed relief and delight to audiences across the country. We will be announcing the detail of this programme next week.

We don’t yet know the performing restrictions that will apply when the lockdown eases, or indeed precisely when that will be. But, thanks to your continuing support, be it through buying tickets for online performances or making a donation we will sustain the team through this, and we will be back as strong as ever. We just can’t wait to welcome you here in person.

Until then, with many thanks, all best wishes from all of us at the Royal Opera House.

Alex Beard, Chief Executive

Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet

Oliver Mears, Director of Opera

Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director