Experience the magic of Christmas at the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

Indulge in delicious festive treats for lunch and afternoon tea, surrounded by Christmas decorations in a glorious winter wonderland   Sip cocktails in the Piazza Winter Terrace Bar — designed in partnership with Grey Goose vodka Take part in Nutcracker biscuit decorating workshops for children and families Celebrate Christmas with The Royal Ballet and book your tickets to The Nutcracker  Visit the Linbury Theatre for Wolf Witch Giant Fairy, and be transported to a far-away land of enchanted forests and mystical creatures
This Christmas, step into a magical winter wonderland at the Royal Opera House and enjoy a range of festive activities.  Treat your children to Nutcracker biscuit decorating in the ROH Café, guided by our own in-house patisserie team. Workshops will be hosted on 28 November and 12 December from 12pm to 1pm and 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Sessions cost £15 per child, no booking is required and allocation is on a first come, first served basis.

Visit the Piazza Winter Terrace Bar this December for a delicious range of Winter cocktails designed in partnership with Grey Goose vodka. Cosy up with a Christmas Cosmopolitan, wintery mulled pear and ginger pick-me-up, or an eggnog White Russian. Alternatively, watch your cocktail transform into ice cream on a teppanyaki freezer top. The Piazza Winter Terrace Bar will be open daily from 18 November – 12 January from 12pm – Late. No booking is required.

Pick and choose between exquisite festive treats in the ROH Café — all inspired by The Nutcracker and the magic of Christmas, and available throughout the day at the café counter. Perfect for lunch or an afternoon tea break, the dishes can be enjoyed at home or in ROH’s winter inspired decorated spaces.

This Christmas, be transported to a far-away land complete with enchanted forests and mystical creatures in Wolf Witch Giant Fairy – a collaboration between The Royal Opera and innovative theatre company Little Bulb. Opening on 17 December, the production will be both The Royal Opera’s first fully staged work in the beautiful Linbury Theatre since closure in March 2020, and also the first show at Covent Garden where all performances are relaxed — allowing for noise and movement within the auditorium, re-entry when needed, and including chill-out spaces. Tickets are available now from just £4.

The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, is as enchanting as ever, taking audiences on a journey packed with mystery and magic. Join Clara as she travels to the Land of Sweets, encountering a flurry of snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy on the way. The festive favourite returns to the Royal Opera House Main Stage on 23 November, and will be broadcast live to UK cinemas on 9 December. Find your local cinema screening here.  Whether you are bringing family together this Christmas for delicious seasonal treats, or planning to enjoy fabulously festive cocktails with friends, head to the Royal Opera House.

Royal Opera House to open first full Season since pandemic

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is one week away from the start of its first full Season since 2019, opening its doors to the public every day from 12pm and premiering with The Royal Opera’s spectacular new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto on September 13 and, for The Royal Ballet, a sumptuous performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s much-loved production of Romeo and Juliet on 5 October.

These productions open a truly celebratory Season packed with operatic and balletic highlights, showcasing the talents of both the Royal Opera House’s artistic Companies. For The Royal Opera, Rigoletto will mark the house directorial debut of Director of Opera, Oliver Mears, and will star Carlos Álvarez, Lisette Oropesa and Liparit Avetisyan conducted by Antonio Pappano. Later this Autumn, the Company will continue its Leos Janáček cycle with the long-awaited premiere of Claus Guth’s new production of Jenůfa, and this will be followed by much-loved repertory favourites on the Main Stage including David McVicar’s staging of The Magic Flute, Richard Eyre’s La traviata, and Phyllida Lloyd’s Macbeth.

The Royal Opera House’s state-of-the-art Linbury Theatre will also welcome audiences back at full capacity, presenting new work from some of the world’s most innovative artists. This includes a world premiere from theatre company Little Bulb: Wolf Witch Giant Fairy is a magical new Christmas show for family audiences. The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this Season, will present the hugely popular Meet the Young Artists Week, with performances from the current Young Artists alongside returning alumni.

The Royal Ballet Season opens on Tuesday 5 October with Kenneth MacMillan’s much-loved production of Romeo and Juliet. This production features an array of Royal Ballet stars including Francesca Hayward and newly promoted Principal dancer Cesar Corrales who lead the cast on opening night. The Company will also present the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s eagerly anticipated The Dante Project, a new ballet partly inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. For this new work McGregor has assembled an award-winning team of international talent, featuring a new score by Thomas Adès commissioned by The Royal Ballet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Set and costumes are by visual artist Tacita Dean, celebrated for her pioneering and poetic work across film and multiple mediums. Lighting design is by Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison and dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed. Beloved classics of the repertory also return to the Main Stage with Peter Wright’s production of Giselle, and his iconic production of The Nutcracker for Christmas.

Alongside these Main Stage highlights will be a raft of exciting new dance programmes in the Linbury Theatre, including productions by Ballet Black, Yorke Dance Project and Alessandra Ferri, who celebrates the 40th anniversary of her association with The Royal Ballet. Draft Works will also showcase young and emerging choreographic talent from within the ranks of The Royal Ballet.

Our Covent Garden home will host a packed programme of events, festivals and activities. Experience a gorgeous programme of music at Recitals at Lunch; learn ballet steps inspired by choreography performed at the Royal Opera House in Dance with The Royal Ballet; sing with our chorus in Sing at the Royal Opera House; or take a look behind the curtain and learn about our rich history through our new programme of Tours

To ensure the safety of audiences, artists and staff at all times, full COVID safety measures are in place. These include enhanced cleaning and ventilation and regular anti-viral fogging. Mask-wearing remains strongly encouraged throughout the Royal Opera House.

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said:

‘We are hugely looking to welcome audiences back at full capacity for a Season of world premieres, new productions and returning repertory favourites. The whole building is buzzing with energy, rehearsals are in full swing and the amazing artists of both The Royal and The Royal Opera can’t wait to get back on stage for you.’

Royal Opera House launches Young ROH scheme for 16-25 year-olds

Young ROH

30,000 tickets for Royal Opera House performances Monday to Thursday, offered at £25 for anyone aged 16 to 25
Sign up now for free at to access priority booking ahead of public booking on Tuesday 24 August
Today, the Royal Opera House launched its flagship Young ROH scheme, offering 30,000 subsidised tickets for main stage performances this season. Those aged 16 to 25 can now sign up for free, accessing priority booking ahead of general release on Tuesday 24 August.

The upcoming 2021/22 season, the first full season since 2019, includes both classic revivals and world premieres from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, showcasing an exciting roster of international and UK talent performing across both stages.

200 Young ROH tickets, all priced at £25, will be available per performance for priority booking, offering up the best seats in the house Monday to Thursday. Those eligible will be able to purchase up to two tickets for each performance.

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said:

“We are delighted to launch Young ROH, a scheme that cements our ongoing commitment to widening access to world-class arts for a younger generation. 16-25 year-olds will be able to experience the best of a spectacular new season, specially designed to showcase all that The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet have to offer.”

Sir Simon Robey, Chairman of the Royal Opera House and generous supporter of Young ROH, said:

“After such a difficult period for us all, it’s wonderful to be able to share a full season of world class opera and ballet with members of Young ROH, so they too get the chance to be moved and inspired.”

The offer excludes The Nutcracker (full run), 14 October 2021 performance of The Dante Project and 1 June 2022 performance of Like Water for Chocolate.

For more information and for details on how to sign-up, please visit the website:

Young ROH is generously made possible by the Bunting Family and Sir Simon Robey.

Royal Opera House announces 4 tours to run alongside new season

ROH Tour

Today, the Royal Opera House announced the return of its guided tours – offering visitors a chance to step into the stunning Covent Garden site, hear about its colourful history, and find out what it takes to stage a production in one of the world’s leading theatres.

The full offering includes three returning favourites: the classic ROH Tour, designed to give both an overview of the building and an insight into our state-of-the-art theatre technology; Velvet, Gilt and Glamour, focused on the delights of our historic auditorium; and Legends and Landmarks, celebrating the many famous faces and performances that have graced our stage.

It will also include, for the first time ever, our Pride of the ROH Tour, specially designed to recognise the rich contributions made by LGBTQ+ icons – from pioneering composers to talented choreographers across ROH’s celebrated history.

Gabriela Gandolfini, Head of Visitor Experience, said:

“At the ROH we strongly believe that the contribution of our LGBTQ+ colleagues both past and present should be celebrated all year round. Although this year’s Pride in London is sadly cancelled, we are incredibly proud to launch our new Pride tour, dedicated to exploring queer themes, productions and the lives of those who have helped fundamentally shape our artistic legacy.”

This season, in another first, we are also offering bespoke private tours that go behind the scenes at ROH. A personalised tour is the perfect gift for any opera, ballet or theatre lover, and can be designed and curated to meet the needs of any guest.

Children and young people are welcome on tours but must have their own ticket. Please check the website for age guidance and information about content.

For group bookings of 10 or more, please call 020 7304 4000.
For bespoke private tours, please enquire at:

Our tour offerings are frequently updated. Please check our website for future announcements, and exciting additions.

Royal Opera House thanks NHS workers with special performance of La bohème

Lara Cappelli, NHS Performance

Yesterday, on Sunday 27 June, the Royal Opera House presented a special performance of Puccini’s opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak: La bohème.  One of the best-loved operas worldwide, this beautiful production by Richard Jones was presented to an auditorium of specially-invited NHS staff, including nurses and healthcare support workers from the Royal Opera House’s nearest hospitals: Guys’ and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation, University College Hospital,  St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Imperial, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, among others.  

This special performance was the first of four events the Royal Opera House has planned over the course of the next year to say thank you to the dedicated and heroic staff of the NHS after one of the most challenging times in recent history as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The performance came to a close on Sunday afternoon to rapturous applause, but instead of the applause coming from the audience, this time the applause came from the stage, as cast members and musicians of The Royal Opera  and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House came together to show their appreciation to the invited audience of NHS workers. [Video included in notes to editors] 

Leyla Ahmet and Mary Thomas from the Simulation and Clinical Skills team at Whipps Cross Hospital, said: 

“As first timers we were so excited to experience La Boheme at the Royal Opera House. It totally exceeded all of our expectations. The talent is phenomenal. We were blown away. One of the most special and unique moments where the entire cast and orchestra clapped the NHS-filled audience, it was so moving that we were moved to tears.”  

Katy, Consultant Nurse, National Hospital of Neurology, said: 

“My shoulders have dropped. I’m smiling. I feel relaxed and happy” 

Katie, Deputy Head of nursing, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital said: 

“It was wonderful and emotional. It was beautiful” 

In September, the Royal Opera House will host a special Family Sunday event dedicated to NHS workers and their families, with activities including dance, singing and craft workshops and performance, inspired by the repertory of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. NHS workers and their families will be invited to explore the iconic Royal Opera House building to go behind the scenes.  

In the run up to Christmas, on 4 December, the Royal Opera House will invite NHS workers and their families to see The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker as part of our annual Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat. The surrounding events, activities and pop-up performances promise to make this a truly memorable and magical Christmas experience. 

Thank You NHS will continue on March 19 2022 with a performance of The Royal Ballet’s magnificent Swan Lakea favourite of the ballet repertory and arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. 

Additionally, last month, the Royal Opera Chorus partnered with more than 30 hospital radio stations around the country, from Cornwall to the Isle of Man, to share highlights of the opera and song repertory with thousands of patients, doctors and hospital workers given the chance to enjoy performances including the famous Habanera from Bizet’s Carmenextracts from Mozart’s La clemenza de TitoCosì fan tutte, and Verdi’s Rigoletto, and favourites from Gilbert and Sullivan.  

The Thank you NHS performance of La bohème was made possible thanks to generous philanthropic support from the Laidlaw Foundation.  

Jillian Barker, Director of Learning and Participation at the Royal Opera House, said: 

“After the incredible challenges of the last 12 months, the dedicated and tireless work of NHS staff has been monumental. Their work has helped to save countless lives during this challenging year, and I am delighted that we had this chance to give hundreds of nurses, porters and healthcare support workers from our nearest hospitals, as well as their families, the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful ballet and opera experiences.”  

Danielle de Niese, who played Musetta in Sunday’s performance, said to the audience of NHS workers at the beginning of Sunday’s performance: 

“As with many works of great opera, La bohème blends tragedy and comedy to capture the intensity of life’s experiences through its characters. 

“For you, our invited audience, this intensity is a part of your everyday, and following the last 15 months of illness and loss, your work and the work of all your colleagues in the NHS has been truly historic and monumental, undoubtedly helping to save countless lives up and down the country. 

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome you for this afternoon’s performance, and on behalf of all of us at the Royal Opera House, there is nothing left to say but simply “thank you”.”