Paul Hamlyn Hall, Bow Street Entrance
Paul Hamlyn Hall, Bow Street Entrance

COVID-19: An update from the Royal Opera House

We thank you for your continued support of the ROH, it is invaluable during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

ByAlex Beard (Chief Executive)
Monday 16 March 2020, 6.12pm

The safety and security of the Royal Opera House staff, audiences and artists is of paramount importance and we take this responsibility very seriously. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision with a heavy heart to close the building to the public and cancel all performances in Covent Garden with immediate effect.  

The staff and artists of the ROH are vital to the lifeblood of our art forms, without them we would simply not exist. This suspension of performances will impact not only our loyal audience but also our committed and talented workforce. We will work within the government guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and artists during this difficult time. 

Our employees, permanent and casual, are reliant on the income which we derive through ticket purchases. Without performances it is inevitable that we will become more reliant on philanthropic support and charitable donations. If you would like to support our work you can make a donation here.

We will be in contact with all ticket buyers in due course. Where possible, we ask that you consider donating the value of your tickets to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation rather than requesting a credit note or refund. 

Please note that upcoming cinema screenings are also cancelled. If you have booked for a screening, please contact your local cinema.

You can keep up to date via the ROH social media channels for announcements on a programme of free broadcasts we will bring you during this period of closure.  

We thank you for your continued support of the ROH, it is invaluable during these uncertain times.   

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