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Winter Season 2013/14

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.

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

9 April 2013 at 2.59pm | 30 Comments


Booking dates

All the booking dates below open at 10am.

View the Royal Opera House 2013-14 Winter 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.


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: Francesca Zambello
16 December – 9 January
Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet's opera.

Dir: Laurent Pelly
14 January – 4 February
A young girl longing for love is corrupted by wealth and luxury in Massenet’s classic opera, directed by Laurent Pelly.

Don Giovanni NEW
Dir: Kasper Holten
1 – 24 February; Live in cinemas 12 February
Director of Opera Kasper Holten presents a new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy.

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.

King Priam (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Dir: James Conway
13 - 22 February
Michael Tippett’s magnificent King Priam is brought to the ROH in one of English Touring Opera’s most ambitious productions to date.

Paul Bunyan (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Dir: Liam Steel
17 - 21 February
The English Touring Opera also present Benjamin Britten’s brilliantly inventive Paul Bunyan, which draws on an American folktale about a lumberjack giant.

Dir: Andrei Serban
9 September – 10 March
Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama.


The Nutcracker
4 December – 16 January; Live in cinema 12 December
A young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this classic ballet, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's glittering score.

The Wind in the Willows
11 December - 1 February at The Duchess Theatre
The Duchess Theatre in the West End hosts choreographer and director Will Tuckett’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed Christmas production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale.

17 December – 7 January
George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a ballet gem in its own right.

London International Mime Festival (Linbury Studio Theatre)
9 – 11 January; 30 – 31 January
The annual celebration of visual theatre returns, with spectacular, cutting-edge and inspiring performances.

Hansel and Gretel (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Artist-in-Residence Liam Scarlett’s first full-length work for The Royal Ballet – a dark, adult take on a classic fairytale.

18 January – 10 February; Live in cinema 27 January
The greatest of all Romantic ballets – Marius Petipa’s classic work is a dramatic story of betrayal, supernatural spirits and love that transcends death.

Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / Gloria
7 – 15 February
A celebration of three defining choreographers of The Royal Ballet: Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Wayne McGregor.

Ballet Black (Ballet Black, Linbury Studio Theatre)
26 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.

Young British Dancer of the Year Final 2014 (Linbury Studio Theatre)
8 March
A celebration of the best of British emerging dance talent – 16 finalists vie for the hotly contested award.

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.

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

9 April 2013 at 2.59pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera and tagged 2013/14, Ballet, booking announcement, booking days, opera, season, season announcement, Season guide, winter season

This article has 30 comments

  1. EdwardJ responded on 27 June 2013 at 2:35am Reply

    Why is Kiri Te Kanawa not mentioned in the cast list of 'La Fille du régiment'? (Is it something to do with the nature of the speaking role, or has she cancelled?) Thank you!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 3 July 2013 at 4:25pm

      Hi Edward,

      Kiri will be performing - the cast list (at present) only includes Principal roles. This may be amended.


      Digital Content Producer

  2. Barbara Reed responded on 23 July 2013 at 8:08pm Reply

    When will casting be announced for Winter 2014 ballet season?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 24 July 2013 at 10:40pm

      Dear Barbara

      The Royal Ballet is currently on holiday and returns towards the end of August. Decisions will be made about casting after that point. Apologies for the delay, but we will share details as soon as we can.

      Best wishes


  3. Gillian Cooper responded on 2 August 2013 at 12:40am Reply

    Can someone please tell me, as I am unable to find out from your website, what is happening with Lauren Cuthbertson? I understood she was injured some time ago but cannot find out if she is yet back in work. She is one of my favourite dancers and I'd like to know how she is, please.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 August 2013 at 10:35am

      Hi Gillian,

      Lauren is scheduled to dance for performances of Romeo and Juliet, Chroma and The Nutcracker in the coming Season (with more productions to be cast in due course).


      Digital Content Producer

  4. Elina K responded on 17 August 2013 at 12:06am Reply

    Hi, would it be possible to know which performances will be danced by Natalia Osipova in the coming season? I know she will be dancing In Romeo and Juliet, but unfortunately her performances are all sold out! Thank you. Elina

    • Paul Spear (Digital Producer) responded on 17 August 2013 at 12:48pm

      Dear Elina,

      The Royal Ballet will be back from holiday at the end of August and they will be able to confirm casts as soon as possible.

      Best wishes

  5. Lucy Bailey responded on 18 August 2013 at 8:15pm Reply

    please can you tell me when the Jonas Kaufmann recital on April 6th will be going on sale, I can see no mention of it in the Winter or Spring sheets & I need to save lol!
    Thank you very much.

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 19 August 2013 at 12:05pm

      Hi Lucy,

      The Jonas Kaufmann recital goes on sale to Friends of Covent Garden from 19 November and on General sale on 14 January,

      All the best,


  6. Mike Seaton responded on 11 September 2013 at 10:21am Reply

    A question please... when will "Alice..." return with Lauren C? One of the ROH gems.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 11 September 2013 at 3:27pm

      Hi Mike,

      It's not scheduled to return in 2013/14 but do keep an eye on our site for details of future Seasons.


      Content Producer (Social Media and News)

  7. Sebastian Petit responded on 14 September 2013 at 5:34pm Reply

    Is the Kaufmann recital next April still happening? All mention of it seems to have disappeared..

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 16 September 2013 at 1:58pm

      Hi Sebastian

      It is happening and will be set up in good time for booking.

      Best wishes


  8. Molly responded on 23 September 2013 at 6:51pm Reply

    The page about Ballet Black says they will be performing 4 world premieres but the programme appears to be the same pieces as last year. Can you please confirm whether this is the case? Thank you so much.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 24 September 2013 at 11:32am

      Dear Molly

      You are right, the list of choreographers in the credits section is correct but we will be amending the background text.

      Best wishes


  9. Sally Gibbons responded on 26 September 2013 at 1:50pm Reply

    Why is it that when I book online I can only ever get the actual seating plan up on the first occasion? All subsequent attempts, whether it is for seats for different productions, or simply to compare availability on different dates, all I get is access to the list of "Best available", which is not very helpful. (I've tried on two separate computers, and it still happens).

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 26 September 2013 at 3:11pm

      Hi Sally,

      This shouldn't occur - could you let us know what browser and versions you're using?

      We'll look into the issue.


      Content Producer

  10. Sally Gibbons responded on 26 September 2013 at 4:31pm Reply

    Hi Chris
    At work, which is the computer I usually use, (and is not the address shown above), I have Windows Internet Explorer 8. At home,( which is the address above), I believe (I'm not at home to check at present) it is Windows Internet Explorer 7.

    • Toni Bright responded on 3 October 2013 at 1:11am

      I have the same problem at work using explorer 9. No problem with Google Chrome

  11. Margaret Coultrup responded on 19 October 2013 at 12:27pm Reply

    Saw Don Quixote at the cinema for the first time, what a brilliant idea and what joy. Having been to The Opera House previously, this is the next best view and more convenient. More opera LIVE please

  12. Jeremy Fielding responded on 21 October 2013 at 8:47pm Reply

    It's very disappointing that all the performances of Manon are only on a Tuesday or Friday. Wouldn't it have been possible to have just one performance on a weekend day to give your audiences outside of London a chance? It is frustrating that we all pay the ROH subsidy through our taxes but it's often a very London-centric schedule with little thought for the rest of your market!

  13. 1. I agree with the last comment by Jeremy Fielding above. Saturday ballet matinees are very difficult to get to on time from Dorset when they start at 12.30 or 1.30pm.
    2. I was very pleased to read an excellent review in The Times of Lauren Cuthbertson's return as Juliet. She is my favourite ballerina. Looking forward to seeing her as Giselle in January. (2pm start - hooray!)

  14. Hannah responded on 3 November 2013 at 10:15pm Reply

    Is there no Takes of Beatrix Potter performance this year?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 4 November 2013 at 11:11am

      Hi Hannah,

      We're afraid we're not staging The Tales of Beatrix Potter this year. However, The Wind in the Willows will be staged in the West End this Christmas, with our Linbury Seasonal production being How The Whale Became.


      ROH Content Producer

  15. Alan Flemming responded on 13 January 2014 at 2:29pm Reply

    Why is the actual piece of music never, or rarely, quoted with ballet? The composer obviously gives a clue, as with Rachmaninoff and Rhapsody, but with Stravinsky for example, it could be neoclassical ( eg Pulchinella) or his later 12 tone music ( The king of the stars?) Quite a difference. Can the actual pieces be credited in future, please? If not, why not?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 16 January 2014 at 9:32pm

      Dear Alan

      I have received this response from The Ballet Company:

      'A lot of our ballets use so many extracts of music from a variety of works by the same, or different, composers that it would be a space issue to credit every work. However, the accompanying text both on the website and in the ROH printed publicity normally gives more details of the music for each ballet and the printed programme also usually contains an article about the music.'

      Best wishes


  16. Unfortunately your site does not permit me to look at What's on in the past. It is all too common that internet designers can't imagine we might want to look at past dates and so don't allow us. Unfortunately the ROH is no exception.

  17. Joseph Maguire responded on 9 March 2014 at 10:08am Reply

    I have been in 4 times this year!!! I love come back and still royal opera's fan. I have seen Nutcracker, Carman, Gistelle and Turandot. Normaly, I came once a year. I won't be back in Winter before Christmas this year. I love come back but I can't because I had my reason. I will be in Winter or early before winter.

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