At the Royal Opera House you can explore far flung places, ancient history, mystical kingdoms and much more through the performances on our stages. Whether you want to explore the traditional, or get lost in the avant-garde there is a production for everyone.
We believe that these worlds should be open to everyone and that the art we offer should always be accessible. Whether you have never attended a performance at the Royal Opera House, or never seen any opera or ballet, there is a production for everyone and all from the world’s very best talent. Our extraordinary shows are now available to watch on stage, in the cinema or on our new digital streaming service, Royal Opera House Stream (so you can enjoy them at home or on the go too!).
The Royal Opera House is one of London's busiest theatres. With more than 500 performances and 100 events on our Main Stage, Linbury Theatre, Clore Studio or Paul Hamlyn Hall there's plenty to watch and do. The Royal Opera House Season runs September each year to July the following year with performances by The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and visiting companies. Other events including tours, Family Sundays and insight events.
The Royal Opera House provides e-tickets only. It is not possible to collect physical tickets. Please bring a charged device to show you e-tickets or print out your tickets before you come to the theatre.
We offer a wide selection of ticket options that vary in price point. Tickets for productions start from £9 and there is always plenty of choice. We run schemes that offer discounted tickets such as Young ROH, which offers £30 tickets for under-25s and Friday Rush, which offers last-minute tickets at a range of prices even for sold-out shows.
The Royal Opera House also offers several free events a year such as Family Sundays a way to discover ballet, opera and the Royal Opera House with fun-packed creative activities for all the family.
The Royal Opera House overlooks the Covent Garden Piazza and is just a stone's throw away from Covent Garden Underground station. Getting here is simple but be sure to arrive in plenty of time as latecomers will not be allowed to enter the auditorium. The auditorium is open from 30 minutes before a performance starts, so there is plenty of time to take your seats.
There are plenty of things to do at the Royal Opera House. You can visit our Shop on the ground floor and explore of collection of products inspired by the art and artists. Enjoy a pre-show meal or drink at one of our restaurants or bars, or pre-order interval food and drinks.
We recommend arriving early to enjoy a drink at our rooftop bar or to take in the stunning architecture.
Our iconic red programmes are available on Main Stage performance nights. A great souvenir of your visit, they are filled with information about the production, cast and creatives as well as behind-the-scenes photographs – the perfect companion to the opera and the ballet.
Opera glasses are small binoculars that can be used to get a closer look at performances. You can focus in on an opera singer or check out finer details on costumes. Reusable, foldable opera glasses are available for £4 in the Royal Opera House shop or you can buy commemorative glasses for a special occasion. Both styles can be ordered to collect on the day of your performance.
Everyone is welcome at our performances and events. There are a number of ways that we make your experience the best it can be.
The running time of the performance and information about the intervals can be found on our production web pages and digital cast sheets. To access this information, go to What's On and click 'More info' next to your selected performance. Here you will find the performance lengthand number and length of intervals so you will know how long you will have between the acts.
Please note that some running times and intervals change as rehearsals progress, particularly with new productions. We endeavour to provide the most accurate timings we can. If no running time is available, please be assured that the information will be published as soon as possible.
We offer a range of performances each year that cater to specific access needs, although they are open to everyone. These include: sensory adapted, relaxed environment, audio described and BSL (British Sign Language) interpreted performances. Find out more about Accessible Performances and sign up for our Access Scheme.
You can watch ballet and opera online via Royal Opera House Stream. Our streaming service allows you to watch performances, interviews, insights and behind-the-scenes footage from the comfort of your own home. You can sign-up for a 14-day free trial and explore performances of different styles to find out what suits you.
Everyone is welcome at the Royal Opera House and we want everyone's experience to be as enjoyable as possible. There are a few basic rules, and most are the same as in a standard theatre or cinema. Switch off your devices before the performance and put them away. You cannot take pictures or videos during the performance, but you are welcome to during the curtain call, when the performers are taking a bow. Keep other attendees in mind and refrain from chatting during the performance. We ask all visitors to the Royal Opera House to follow our Visitor Guidelines.
Applause is very much encouraged and it is really appreciated by the artists. If you do not know when to applaud, a good rule of thumb is to simply follow the rest of the audience's lead – everyone usually claps at the end of the performance!
Here is a message from Darcey Bussell, Former Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet:
Performances start promptly. If you arrive late, or leave the auditorium during a performance, for reasons of safety, consideration for the performers and the enjoyment of others you may be asked to wait in the foyers until the interval or a suitable break in the performance when lights are raised. This can be up to 90 minutes. You will be able to view the performance via our TV monitors during this time.