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Spring Season 2013/14

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

10 April 2013 at 5.53pm | 46 Comments

Booking dates

All the booking dates below open at 10am.

View the Royal Opera House 2013-14 Spring Season Seating Plan (PDF 1 MB)

Use the links above to see a full list of events that can be booked on that particular day. This can be useful when adding a number of tickets from different productions to your basket.

Opera and Music

La Fille du régiment
Dir: Laurent Pelly
3–18 March
Donizetti's entertaining opera marches onto the stage in Laurent Pelly's production. Irrepressible humour and catchy melodies make for a delightful evening.

BabyO and SensoryO (Linbury Studio Theatre)
3–7 March
Scottish Opera's hugely popular musical adventures for babies and toddlers come to the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Brand New Ancients (Linbury Studio Theatre)
10 March
Poet and rapper Kate Tempest performs her epic story of everyday heroes, winner of the 2013 Ted Hughes Poetry Award.

Die Frau ohne Schatten NEW
Dir: Claus Guth
14 March–2 April 2014
Director Claus Guth reveals the darker elements of Strauss’s exotic fairytale in a striking new production.

The Commission/Café Kafka (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
17–19 March
An unmissable double bill in the Linbury Studio Theatre, showcasing new work by Elspeth Brooke and Francisco Coll, two of opera’s brightest talents.

Through His Teeth (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
3–11 April
The Royal Opera commissions rising star Luke Bedford to create a companion piece to Gounod’s Faust.

The Crackle (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
5–12 April
Acclaimed electronic composer Matthew Herbert presents a contrasting take on Gounod’s Faust, commissioned by The Royal Opera.

Dir: David McVicar
4 – 25 April
David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s grand opera is set in decadent 1870s Paris.

Jonas Kaufmann  Winterreise
6 April
One of the world's leading tenors sings Schubert's sublime song cycle on the Royal Opera House main stage.

La traviata
Dir: Richard Eyre
19 April – 20 May
Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly presented in Richard Eyre’s production.

Le nozze di Figaro
Dir: David McVicar
16 September–15 May
Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s glorious comedy.

Dir: Jonathan Kent
10 May–26 June
Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.

Dialogues des Carmelites NEW
Dir: Robert Carsen
29 May–11 June
Robert Carsen’s award-winning production of Poulenc’s astonishing opera is set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution.

Ballet and Dance

The Sleeping Beauty
22 February–9 April
Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Petipa’s classic ballet.

Ballet Black (Linbury Studio Theatre)
25 February–4 March
Cassa Pancho’s company of black and Asian classically trained dancers returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre with a dynamic new programme.

The Winter’s Tale NEW
10 April–8 May
The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.

If Play is Play… NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
16–24 April
HeadSpaceDance directors and curators Christopher Akrill and Charlotte Broom bring a programme of new work by contemporary choreographers to the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Ex nihilo/The Human Edge NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
29–30 April
Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Mayuri Boonham creates two world premieres in the Linbury Studio Theatre  in which South Asian dance engages with classical ballet.

Verve (Linbury Studio Theatre)
6 May 2014
The Northern School of Contemporary Dance presents its annual post-graduate performance.

Northern Ballet (Linbury Studio Theatre)
8–10 May
One of the UK's top ballet companies visits the Linbury Studio Theatre with a captivating mixed programme.

Ballet Central (Linbury Studio Theatre)
11 May
Ballet Central offers an exciting programme of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance from a mixture of highly acclaimed and emerging choreographers, newly commissioned works and much-loved revivals.

The Measures Taken NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
15–16 May
Cutting-edge technology meets thrilling choreography in a mixed programme by Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Alexander Whitley.

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (Linbury Studio Theatre)
19 May
Students of the Rambert School dance a diverse programme of works by both students and established choreographers.

Dutch National Ballet (Linbury Studio Theatre)
28 - 29 May
Dutch National Ballet's new Junior Company performs a mixed programme of classical, contemporary and new work.

To accompany the productions on-stage, Royal Opera House Restaurants are providing menus tailored specially for each production. Find out more closer to the time in our Restaurants and Bars section.

This article has 46 comments

  1. Michael responded on 18 October 2013 at 10:28pm Reply

    Why are there no pages setting out the diary dates for the Spring 2014 season in the October magazine????

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 21 October 2013 at 10:51am

      Hi Michael,

      We have added a link to a pdf calendar just under the links to the Winter Magazine on the Your Account section of the website. You will be able to download the dates from there,

      I hope that helps,

      All the best,


  2. Christopher responded on 23 October 2013 at 10:34am Reply

    The lack of the Spring Calendar in the magazine is very poor. What do those Friends do who do not have internet access? It is difficult to select performances and dates so far in advance without this information readily to hand.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 October 2013 at 11:43am

      Sorry you were disappointed Christopher. We'll pass on the details to the ROH Magazine team.


      ROH Content Producer

  3. K.W. Brown responded on 23 October 2013 at 12:28pm Reply

    I have just telephoned the Friends' Office, to learn that the calendar is no longer included in the Magazine 'because we were finding there were so many changes after going to press that it became impractical.' But since all the dates are already given there for each title, it seems merely perverse not to collate them all into a calendar such as I find essential in planning my visits to London. It is not much help to be told dismissively that I can print them off month by month from the website.
    K.W. Brown

  4. K.W. Brown responded on 23 October 2013 at 1:00pm Reply

    I have now done as instructed, and ended up with 9 sheets (once I realised that each tranche was going to give me two further pp of general information). Not very user-friendly, is it, when the whole thing could have been printed in two or three pages of the Magazine?
    K.W. Brown

  5. Geoffrey Cretin responded on 24 October 2013 at 4:23pm Reply

    I wish to endorse the earlier comments about the lack of a calendar of events in the new October edition of the Magazine. I find this lack quite unacceptable as I have always relied on it to programme my bookings especially where my first choice is unavailable.Not everybody is on the internet even now and it is much easier anyway to have a printed list in front of you. In addition I take a dim view of only two principal dancers being listed for Sleeping Beauty as I always want to know the casting of all the major and chief minor roles as before. I appreciate that the casting of Winter's Tale has not yet been decided but I certainly hope to receive a full printed cast list before booking opens together with further casting for Sleeping Beauty along with a full calendar of performances of both ballet and opera.

  6. Alice Poulsen responded on 31 October 2013 at 10:25pm Reply

    Where can i find the PDF for the Spring Season pls? The seating plan with prices? I can only find the Autmn and Winter ones. Thanks.

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 1 November 2013 at 4:34pm

      Dear Alice,

      We don't yet have the Spring Season Seating Plan PDF online. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will be uploading the pdf to the site shortly,

      All the best,


  7. Irma Nieminen responded on 8 November 2013 at 1:41pm Reply

    Just noticed there is no CALENDAR for Spring Booking. We need the dates and performances in
    chronological order. It is too difficult to look ballet and
    opera separately, compare dates separately so that they do not clash. Please publish the list for us asap. It is a poor excuse that there will be a lot of cast changes.
    The performances do not change, only the cast!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 15 November 2013 at 9:12pm

      Dear Irma

      You can see all of our productions in a calendar by selecting the month view of the calendar on our homepage or on What's On. Here's a link to the first month to feature performances in our Spring Season:

      Best wishes


  8. Irma Nieminen responded on 8 November 2013 at 9:08pm Reply

    what does it mean "your email will not be published"?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 15 November 2013 at 9:13pm

      Dear Irma

      This means that although we ask you for your email if you leave a comment on the website (in case we need to get in touch directly) it will not be visible to people reading your comment.

      Best wishes


  9. vcload responded on 12 November 2013 at 2:42pm Reply

    I will be in London on 25,26,27 April 2014 is there anything I can attend at Covent Garden Opera house please?

  10. Steven Townsley responded on 14 November 2013 at 1:41pm Reply

    I know they are popular but do we have to have Tosca and La Boheme dished up every year? Yet we haven't had Il Trovatore for several years now. It would be nice to have a change!

  11. catherine responded on 21 November 2013 at 3:37pm Reply

    I would like to strongly support calls for the calendar to return to the Magazine asap for reasons set out clearly above by others.
    Happy to have 'tbc' by cast where there are known uncertainties or lack of info . . .
    Thanks for passing this on to whoever . ..

  12. Anne responded on 1 December 2013 at 1:57pm Reply

    I find the loss of the calender very inconvenient.. On any given evening there may be events in three venues - Main House, Clore and Linbury; I'm sure I am not the only person who has used the calender list to plan in advance my schedule for the coming booking period and avoid event conflicts. Also surely in the interests of the environment you should not be encouraging us to print off all those pages. However it was surely quite unnecessary to include the nightly performances of the Wind in the WIllows in the last magazine calender.

  13. Carole Wilden responded on 3 December 2013 at 10:25pm Reply

    Please return to publishing the calendar in the magazine as before. It has worked very successfully for years - why change something that was so helpful to people, for something that is muddling, time consuming and inefficient? We have always had cast changes, especially with ballet injuries, that is only to be expected. Everyone I have spoken to is annoyed by this change.

  14. Martin Peters responded on 4 December 2013 at 7:00pm Reply

    I fully endorse comments to restore the Calendar in the Friends Magazine, it's really useful. I do hope we can persuade the powers that be! Please.


    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 5 December 2013 at 9:59am

      Dear Martin,

      Since the beginning of this season the number of performances has substantially increased. We have more productions in the Linbury, together with activities and events in the Clore Studio theatre. We are also no longer confined to the Royal Opera House, with productions in the Duchess Theatre and in the Globe Theatre. Some of these events get finalized after the magazine has gone to print, and others change. As such, if there was a calendar in the magazine, the information would be either inaccurate or incomplete.

      We are very keen to give our supporters accurate information and this is where our website has an enormous advantage as it can be updated daily. You can access pdf calendar on the Friends’ page after you signed in. We are also looking at other options which we hope may assist. In the meantime, I hope that the PDF will assist.

      All the best and with many thanks for your support.

      Susan Fisher

  15. Alexandra Sherman responded on 9 December 2013 at 8:43am Reply

    Yesterday I sat down with a friend (of mine and the ROH) to plan our next period bookings. We couldn't find the calendar which made life really difficult - jumping from page to page and trying to work out which performance to go to. I hope you will reinstate this next year. It can't make much difference to costs.

  16. Alexandra Sherman responded on 9 December 2013 at 8:43am Reply

    Nowhere can I find the date for booking such things as Insight evenings. Where are these to be found?

  17. Narjit responded on 10 December 2013 at 6:59pm Reply

    Please, please, please - bring back the calendar!

  18. I assumed the lack of a calendar was a printing mistake- now I read it was deliberate-: you cannot be serious.
    We can live without some of the more trivial items in the magazine but the calendar tells us what we are all actually interested in, to wit, what is on and when!
    This is why we pay our subs-not, you know, to read about Mrs Boggins's trip to La Trav in 1943, lovely as it is.
    Bring it back!

  19. Having removed the calendar from the magazine I also notice that the PDF list does not include some of the information that used to appear in the calendar. . There is no mention of the signed performances or the nights when filming is taking place or any marker for first/last nights. This was all information which was helpful to the booker.
    If the calendar is not to be restored to the magazine could there at least be some attempt to make the dates easier to read on the page. In the last magazine they appeared in random positions on the page often in white on black print. It would be helpful for them to appear consistently at the bottom of the page in a clear white panel with black print. Surely functionality is more important than the whim of a graphic designer!

  20. K.W. Brown responded on 16 December 2013 at 3:01pm Reply

    Now that Friends' booking is over, I wonder if anyone has found it as easy, in the absence of the Calendar, to place multiple bookings from the medley of loose print-out sheets now required to plan their visits, as it has been in the past? For Heaven's sake, bring the thing back!
    (Not to end on a negative note, I have to thank profusely whoever is responsible for the program which, since its introduction a few booking periods ago, has always allowed me instant access at 10am on opening day to the dates I wanted to book for. No more languishing, 350th in the queue!!)

  21. Stuart Melling responded on 19 December 2013 at 9:09am Reply

    I like the new look to the website, thanks for this. I notice from looking at the Spring Season productions that "non-Friends" like myself can now see how many tickets are left for each performance: is this the actual number of tickets left for us prior to General Booking opening on 14the January or the number still available to Friends? If so, it's a bit disappointing that there are very few tickets left for some productions (eg Faust on 7th April) - I always thought a decent number were held back for the General Booking period. I agree with the comment made above by KW Brown about the ease of booking now, though. A huge improvement. Thanks!

  22. Adriana Bennett responded on 20 December 2013 at 9:39am Reply

    The Calendar in date order must be re-instated in the Magazine. I am able to attend performances only in the week-ends and it is very time consuming to look at every performance to see which one takes place in week-ends. I do not see the reason as to why publishing the calendar in date order was abandoned.

  23. jay dee responded on 27 December 2013 at 12:41am Reply

    wow what a miserable lot you commenters are :)

  24. caroline laing responded on 30 December 2013 at 11:46am Reply

    Can you please produce the information in an Excel document (as well as pdf) as then it can be edited - as I will do for elderly friends who find the current arrangement exceedingly difficult to manage. I agree with all the requests to revert to the old format, even if it isn't always 100% correct in every particular. Thank you

  25. Phillippa responded on 3 January 2014 at 3:22pm Reply

    Are you able to advise when casting for "The Winter's Tale" will be made public? Thanks.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 7 January 2014 at 5:54pm

      Sorry Phillippa, we will share casting at the earliest opportunity.

      Best wishes


  26. I'm 85 and I planned my opera schedule easily enough. I am coming to all the operas, one three times.
    What a lot of wimps there are

  27. Patricia Baker responded on 12 January 2014 at 5:51pm Reply

    It was disappointing not to have the calendar of events and even more disappointing to know that it was not a publication error.

    It has always been possible to check for cast changes,indeed these are often posted on the website or in the Newsletter. I think it is time that The Friends Committee stopped deciding what they think we can do: access the website and shuffle through a head staggering number of pages where little is clear and it is impossible to work out one's booking programme. Some Friends probably find the Internet a nightmare and their needs should be considered before some high-handed decision is taken without asking us first.

    Please reinstate the calendar and listen to your Friends - their loyalty is being stretched, mefiez vous!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 12 January 2014 at 7:39pm

      Dear Patricia

      We will pass your comments on to the Friends office.

      Best wishes


  28. John F McDermott responded on 14 January 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

    What a rubbish web site!
    Who in their right mind decided to change a perfectly good, very easy to use website in to a long winded painful experience?
    It would not surprise me if the set designer of that abomination of a production, AIDA, about two years ago were related!
    Admit you are wrong and please re-instate - but you probably won't, because ROH do not listen
    I used to be a "friend of the ROH" but no longer, do you now understand why?

  29. Rupert Collins-White responded on 14 January 2014 at 11:10pm Reply

    Gosh what a lot of people grumping about a) having to use the internet (the irony - using the internet to complain about having to use the internet); b) not having a calendar despite being told that having a calendar was really, really hard to do now that there are so many more performances, that the mag goes to print long before things are finalised, and that really, you can just use the internet; c) basically, "the internet".

    Please stop it, Friends. ROH - why not try to find a better way to represent all upcoming events online (which is clunky and for non-friends is dodgy to use as everyone crowds into it) rather than wasting money trying to make anti-internet moaners happy?

    Also ROH - a lot of this moaning would be solved if you issued the calendar as a separate item later, when things were more fixed, and mailed that out. If your reason for not doing it is timeliness, that would solve it (yes it costs money, but not a huge amount by most publishing standards and yes, i'm in publishing) but I suspect it's a resourcing thing - and so own up!

    Keep up the (almost invariably) good work and don't take the moaning too much to heart.

  30. On Tuesday I logged in to try and purchase seats for events I had not been able to buy in priority booking. The problems on Tuesday brought home to me the value of the calendar. I had picked up the new brochure at ROH on the previous day and that does have the calendar! This enabled me to access the events I wanted fairly quickly without waiting for any generic lists to (not)download!

  31. Great information and nice Hompage... :)

  32. I can't find a Sleeping Beauty category anywhere for posts. So, I will post this here... I just saw the matinee of Sleeping Beauty. It was fanatstic! Thank you so so much for making this such a wonderful production!

  33. Penny Mackinder responded on 10 April 2014 at 5:36pm Reply

    Are there any plans to do any more Insight sing-alongs ? It looks like a lovely idea.

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