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Autumn Season 2014/15

The Royal Ballet opens the Autumn Season with Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful Manon. Highlights for The Royal Opera include Plácido Domingo in Verdi’s dark political tragedy I due Foscari and - in a new collaboration with the Roundhouse - Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

31 March 2014 at 9.50am | 44 Comments

Booking dates

All the booking dates below open at 10am.

  • Premium 2 Friends: 3 June 2014
  • Premium 1 Friends: 4 June
  • Supporting Friends: 6 June
  • Friends of Covent Garden – Ballet: 17 June
  • Friends of Covent Garden – Opera: 18 June
  • Advance Booking Packages (Friends Booking): 10 June
  • Advance Booking Packages (General Booking): 8 July
  • Group Booking: 1 July
  • ROH Students: 14 July
  • General Booking: 15 July

Royal Opera House 2014-15 Autumn Season Seating Plan and Ticket Prices (PDF 325KB)

Purchasing tickets as part of a Package will offer the best seat availability and a saving of up to 33%. Find out more about advance booking packages.

Ballet and Dance

Deloitte Ignite 2014
5-28 September
Free opening festival curated by The Royal Ballet and Minna Moore Ede.

BalletBoyz the TALENT (Linbury Studio Theatre)
16–27 September
Former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and their award-winning troupe come to the Linbury Studio Theatre for the first time, with an all-new programme.

26 September–1 November; Live cinema relay on 16 October
By Kenneth MacMillan
Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

Scènes de ballet / Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan / Symphonic Variations / A Month in the Country
18 October–12 November
By Frederick Ashton
The Royal Ballet celebrates its Founder Choreographer, Frederick Ashton, with a mixed programme of some of his finest works.

Ceremony of Innocence / The Age of Anxiety / Aeternum
7–17 November
By Kim Brandstrup / NEW Liam Scarlett / Christopher Wheeldon
A Scarlett world premiere and two recent works by Brandstrup and Wheeldon: contemporary ballet at its finest.

Cassandra NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
30 October–1 November
By Ludovic Ondiviela
Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela and singer songwriter Ana Silvera present a poignant exploration of what it is to be called mad.

Mapping / Document / Christopher Bruce (Linbury Studio Theatre)
25 –9 November
By Darshan Singh Bhuller / Ivgi & Greben / NEW Christopher Bruce
Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a mixed programme including a Christopher Bruce premiere and works by Darshan Singh Bhuller and the choreographic duo Ivgi & Grebem.

Don Quixote
25 November–22 January
By Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
6 December 2014–16 January 2015; Live cinema relay on 16 December
Welcome Performance for Families 6 December
By Christopher Wheeldon
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
6 December 2014–3 January 2015
ZooNation burst onto the stage with their family Christmas show, a wonderfully wacky take on the madcap characters of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Opera and Music

Anna Nicole
11–24 September
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Dir: Richard Jones
Cond: Antonio Pappano
A tale of sex, celebrity and scandal: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera explores the dramatic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.

12 September–6 October; BP Big Screen Live Relay on 17 September
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: Maurizio Benini / Paul Griffiths
Corruption and innocence collide in Verdi’s remarkable opera. David McVicar’s staging emphasizes the depravity at the heart of the court of Mantua.

Il barbiere di Siviglia
19 September–5 October
Gioachino Rossini
Dir: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Cond: Mark Elder
Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Rossini’s sparkling comedy is full of wit and energy.

The Trial NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
10–18 October
Philip Glass
Lib: Christopher Hampton
Dir: Michael McCarthy
Cond: Michael Rafferty
Philip Glass, one of the world's most popular contemporary composers, creates a new work for Music Theatre Wales based on Kafka's nightmarish novel.

La scala di seta (Linbury Studio Theatre)
23–4 October
Gioachino Rossini
Dir: Greg Eldridge §
Cond: Jonathan Santagada §
The Jette Parker Young Artists present a fully staged performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, in one of the most popular highlights of Meet the Young Artists Week.
§ Jette Parker Young Artist

I due Foscari NEW
14 October–2 November; Live cinema relay on 27 October
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Thaddeus Strassberger
Cond: Antonio Pappano / Renato Balsadonna
A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.

Idomeneo NEW
3–24 November
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dir: Martin Kušej
Cond: Marc Minkowski
Love and sacrifice vie in Mozart's sublime early masterpiece, directed by Martin Kušej in his UK debut.

Glare  NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Søren Nils Eichberg
Lib: Hannah Dübgen
Dir: Thaddeus Strassberger
Cond: Geoffrey Paterson
Danish-German composer Søren Nils Eichberg presents a taut thriller about trust and reality.

L’elisir d’amore
18 November–13 December; Live cinema relay on 26 November
Gaetano Donizetti
Dir: Laurent Pelly
Cond: Daniele Rustioni
Laurent Pelly's acclaimed production of Donizetti's opera radiates tenderness, humour and southern sunshine.

Orfeo NEW (Roundhouse, Camden)
13–24 January 2015
Claudio Monteverdi
Dir: Michael Boyd / Trans: Don Paterson
Cond: Christian Curnyn

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

31 March 2014 at 9.50am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera and tagged 2014/15

This article has 44 comments

  1. Stuart Sampson responded on 9 April 2014 at 5:58pm Reply

    Link to Scenes de ballet is broken

    • Rachel Beaumont (Product Manager) responded on 9 April 2014 at 6:45pm

      Hi Stuart,
      Thanks for letting us know – it should be working now.
      All best,
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Hazel Riley responded on 14 April 2014 at 12:06pm Reply

    Lots to look forward too, especially Alice at Christmas, new ballets and more Ashton.

    • Jeremy kitson responded on 12 May 2014 at 10:07pm

      Pity you don't know the difference between 'to' and 'too'!

    • Alexa Williamson responded on 29 June 2014 at 11:12am

      Other person - don't be bitchy to this poor woman. Just enjoy the upcoming season. The editors should have corrected this error fo her.

  3. K.W. Brown responded on 17 April 2014 at 2:58pm Reply

    So many thanks for restoring the Magazine listings calendar, 'in response to public demand'~ for once that phrase has real meaning, and your many enthusiastic Friends will be more than grateful for your ready action.
    To be sure, in the many years I have been devouring mailings from Covent Garden, diverse demands for space have grown exponentially, and it must now be almost impossible to reconcile these into the one Friends' Magazine.........but long may you continue to square the circle, Susan, Teresa and Anne.

  4. Olivia responded on 25 April 2014 at 7:25am Reply

    I'm shattered, while I'm in london there is no ballets on, is there anything else to do with ballet on at all between the dates the 14th of September to the 19th of September? (aside from the ballet boys thing)

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 25 April 2014 at 12:23pm

      Hi Olivia,

      Sorry but we don't have any ballet/dance works on over these dates, only opera.


      ROH Content Producer

    • David Gifford responded on 6 June 2014 at 3:15pm

      Olivia. The "Ballet Boyz thing" is well worth seeing. It is a new programme, so I am unable to comment on the content, but I have seen their previous work. They work with fine choreographers, like Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, and their dancing is vibrant, skilful and highly professional.

  5. Georg responded on 2 May 2014 at 2:13pm Reply

    Thanks for the new program and magazine, can you tell me will the leaflet for packages for the next season be mailed separately or was mine missing?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 May 2014 at 3:26pm

      Hi Georg,

      We are finalizing the package structure and will post information about them as soon as we can.


      ROH Content Producer

  6. William T Fox responded on 13 May 2014 at 2:27pm Reply

    Roundhouse...this could be intriguing.
    I love the venue; and I'll be interested to see how it works.

    Any more details that you can provide about the Roundhouse performance?

  7. Ian responded on 27 May 2014 at 9:05am Reply

    Is there any more news of packages yet... only 2 weeks to go for us (mere mortal) Friends!

  8. Roy responded on 3 June 2014 at 10:26pm Reply

    Has the Elisir performance on Nov 22 been removed? It's still listed on the whole season pages but not here or on calendar ?
    Matinees are vital for those of us outside London

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 4 June 2014 at 10:38am

      Dear Roy,

      Apologies for the confusion. The performance on the 22 November is a Welcome Performance, specifically for families who have never attended a main stage production:

      I do hope you can attend on another date,

      All the best,


  9. Stanley Klar responded on 5 June 2014 at 9:09pm Reply

    Why were the above articles of various dates not received till today. This was the first notification of the new packages and left no time for full consideration or discussion with friends as to choice of dates. This new arrangement could turn out to be a shambles. Let us see what happens at 10.00am tomorrow!

  10. Robin responded on 6 June 2014 at 11:07am Reply

    It's disappointing that the website is still falling over when a tranche of booking opens. It's been a very frustrating hour, although I was ultimately successful because I happen to have had the time today to wait for the servers to come up again, and again, and again.

  11. roger may responded on 9 June 2014 at 2:37pm Reply

    Please inform if you are doing rehearsal for Idomeneo and if so, when

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 10 June 2014 at 5:34pm

      Dear Roger,

      I'm afraid that, at the moment, there won't be an open rehearsal for Idomeneo.

      All the best,


  12. Stephen Follows responded on 17 June 2014 at 12:19pm Reply

    Could you provide pricing information for L'Orfeo at the Roundhouse? It's really not on that, a day before Friends Booking opens, we've still not been told anything about this.

    I notice also that Roundhouse members get priority booking a day before Covent Garden Friends. This hardly seems fair either - presumably they have already hoovered up all the cheap tickets.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 17 June 2014 at 3:38pm

      Dear Stephen

      Thank you for your query, the pricing for L'Orfeo will be as follows:


      Rear Stalls:



      The Roundhouse and the ROH both have an allocation of tickets in each area and price band, so you will not be competing with Roundhouse members for the tickets that go on sale tomorrow.

      Best wishes


  13. John responded on 18 June 2014 at 9:40am Reply

    Horrified to just discover this morning (the day of Friends Booking) that the L'Elisir performance on 22nd November isn't available for general booking. Although I applaud the concept of encouraging families who have never been to the opera before to attend a performance, a closed performance, such as this does need to be indicated as such in the magazine. Good communication is really important!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 June 2014 at 10:03am

      Thanks for the feedback John, I will pass it on to the Friends team.

      Best wishes


    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 June 2014 at 3:41pm

      Dear John

      The Friends team have asked me to pass on the following message:

      'Unfortunately the agreement regarding the performance on 22 November was finalized after the magazine has gone to print. We always encourage the Friends to visit our website for changes. In this case, we also highlighted the change in our e-news which was sent in April after the magazine arrived.'

      Best wishes


  14. John responded on 19 June 2014 at 4:55pm Reply

    Thank you, Ellen for taking this up with the Friends Team. I've just checked the e-news that came out in April, and although there's a link to "Welcome Performances", I can't find any information that tells me either in the e-mail or in the link that the 22nd November performance of L'Elisir is a Welcome Performance or that it is not available for general booking!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 19 June 2014 at 5:57pm

      Dear John

      Thanks for letting us know. I have forwarded your feedback to the Friends office.

      Best wishes


  15. Mike Leibling responded on 23 June 2014 at 8:45am Reply

    Hi there - are any more Big Sings planned please? I couldn't find any!


    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 June 2014 at 1:09pm

      Hi Mike,

      Big Sings will return in the 2014/15 Season - keep an eye out!


      ROH Content Producer

  16. Bel Canto responded on 1 July 2014 at 8:03am Reply

    Please can you advise how to find out more and ultimately book for an open rehersal? Is it available to everyone? Thanks

  17. Beth Taylor responded on 15 July 2014 at 2:02pm Reply

    Looks like a very exciting season! I have never attended an ROH production before and I am a full time student in Scotland. How can I access the student dedicated areas for performances?

  18. Maria responded on 25 July 2014 at 4:08pm Reply

    Link to Scenes de Ballet is not working!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 25 July 2014 at 5:21pm

      Hi Maria,

      Apologies, our technical team are aware and are looking into the cause of this.


      ROH Content Producer

  19. Leslie Jane responded on 29 July 2014 at 12:45pm Reply

    A brilliant line up for winter season with Alice & Mad H. T Party. I am sure we all want to know if you would consider bringing back the following : Beatrix Potter , The Nutcracker, Don Giovanni ?

  20. arunish responded on 12 August 2014 at 1:23pm Reply

    It's like very exciting place for me & I have never attend ROH production before this. I am regular student in India & want to visit at this place.

  21. Dee Stevenson responded on 24 August 2014 at 6:01pm Reply

    Do you still do back stage tours?

  22. Megan O'Brien responded on 5 September 2014 at 8:35pm Reply

    So, is the nutcracker not on this Christmas at all? :( Tragedy!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 September 2014 at 4:57pm

      Dear Megan

      We're resting Nutcracker this Christmas, but it will be back very soon. It's Alice and Don Quixote this year.

      best wishes


  23. hugh flower responded on 26 September 2014 at 5:29pm Reply

    I'm finding it impossible to find the booking page for friends rehearsals.
    For me there is too much clutter around these pages.

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