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Royal Opera House

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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E9DD, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7304 4000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Built in 1732, this well-known theater is the home to the Royal Ballet and...
Built in 1732, this well-known theater is the home to the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera, which regularly features world famous stars and performances throughout the year.
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Since my last review I have managed to attend performances of the operas 'Krol Roger', 'La Traviata' ,'Don Giovanni', 'Guillaume Tell' and 'Falstaff'. There is no strict dress... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Since my last review I have managed to attend performances of the operas 'Krol Roger', 'La Traviata' ,'Don Giovanni', 'Guillaume Tell' and 'Falstaff'. There is no strict dress code here but it always feels better to wear reasonably smart clothing. This theatre is the best in the Kingdom with wonderful, spacious and varied foyer areas and a stunningly beautiful Victorian... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 354 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent tour behind the scenes of the ROH. Our guide, John was well informed & very good natured. In addition to the auditorium the tour includes ballet studios, rehearsal rooms & the lighting department plus lots of information on the history of the building & the unsung elements underpinning a production. Well worth the money & the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Performance outstanding until officious member of staff ordered us to remove ourselves and our icecream tubs (@ £3.50 each!) to the stairwell where we were allowed to eat them. Same attitude with others who purchased expensive drinks. They had to decant them into plastic tumblers. Don't sell stuff patrons are not able to consume!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

From the moment you walk in to the gorgeous auditorium with its stunning ceiling and lighting, richly embroidered red plush curtain and seating, you feel a thrill of excitement. Performances are always top-notch and the sound quality is excellent. However, be careful when buying ballet tickets as one cannot see the dancers' feet from the first few rows of the... More 

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Staines-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Amazing costumes, scenery and of course the best opera stars and ballet dancers. Regular attendee. This is not a cheap night out for a decent seat, but a very nice treat. Fantastic building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We enjoyed the backstage visit of the ROH last April. We booked our ticket in advance and joined the show in due time. The group was around 20 people and it was a good size. The guide was nice and explained everything in detail. What a please enjoying the rooms backstage and discovering the opera little secrets. Definitely something to... More 

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wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

the building is elegant and airy and sings with promise just loved every second we went to see La Boheme my favourite opera and I would recommend anyone who has not seen an opera to start with that The music is melodic and the scene changes we were allowed to see were fascinating altogether my dream venue when can I... More 

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Boston, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I like how it felt just right -- neither pompous nor humble. State-of-the-art systems and well-managed facility.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I would never have booked this as am not a ballet or opera lover and don't enjoy guided tours but this was really good. I took a US visitor who is a dancer and she loved it. the guide was really entertaining and. I am still re telling the trivia to friends!!! It is excellent value for money and we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I saw La Traviata on June 9, 2015. I was surprised that the theater has a capacity of just some 2,400. The Met in NYC is well over 4,000. However, if you do have the chance, take the RHO tour of the facility, preferably not during a rehearsal so you can get onto the stage. If you have never been... More 

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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E9DD, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7304 4000
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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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