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Royal Opera House, London

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The Royal Opera House (ROH) is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.


The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade I listed building.
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  • Had the most amazing evening, dinner booked in the piazza restaurant, set menu, great value and choice, service excellent. La Traviata, wow, amazing performance! Definitely would recommend.  more »
  • The backstage tour doesn't actually allow you onto the stage to see the sets - but it does take you to the lighting store and dress store etc - so, whilst it may not be quite what you expect, the...  more »
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  • Lovely opulent theatre. Currently on a hot streak of outstanding productions. Very reasonably priced tickets if you're prepared to stand or have a slightly obstructed side view of the stage. Gorgeous new bar and terrace on Level 5
  • Lovely place with superb facilities (except the ladies' loos, for which the queues are still phenomenal, despite the recent modernization). When it comes to seating, you get what you pay for. Spend as much as you can afford, especially if it's a special occasion. Don't expect to get as good a view (or any view at all) from a £6 seat as from one costing £150. Try not to buy a seat in the arms of the horseshoe - you will risk having a neck-twisting sideways view which might also be blocked by the people sitting next to you.
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