Royal Opera House
About Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès. The Royal Opera was formed as the Covent Garden Opera Company in 1946, but behind it lies a tradition of operatic performance which goes back for more than 260 years at its home in Covent Garden. In each of the three theatres there have been on the site since 1732, opera has played an important role.
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Transportation & Parking
There is no designated parking at the Royal Opera House for ticket holders. The nearest NCP car parks are five minutes' walk away at Drury Lane and Shelton Street. A limited number of orange badge bays are available in the vicinity, but are not reserved for the use of Royal Opera House patrons. Royal Opera House ticket holders are entitled to a 50% discount at Q-Park car parks via the Theatreland Parking Scheme. To qualify, you must get your car park ticket validated at the Main Entrance Foyer desk and the 50% discount will automatically be applied when you pay at the car park pay machine. The nearest Q-Park car park is about eight minutes' walk away in Newport Place, Chinatown. Bus Routes: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 87, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501 (southbound only), 505, 521, X68 all go to the Aldwych, which is close to the Theatre.