Royal Opera House reveals £50.7m facelift

The Royal Opera House in London has opened the doors to its “transformed” new home, following an extensive three-year construction project.

It now offers new entrances, extended foyers and terraces and a new cafe, bar and restaurant, together with an extensive programme of ticketed and free daytime events, activities and festivals.

The venue also features the new Linbury Theatre – described by the ROH as the West End’s “newest and most intimate theatre” – which provides a stage for The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. Furthermore, 25% of seats will be priced at £25 or less.

Alex Beard, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, said: “We are delighted to open the doors to a transformed Royal Opera House, with our new Linbury Theatre, new entrances, foyers and terraces, a new café, bar and restaurant and refurbished Clore Studio, as well as an extensive programme of daytime events, activities and festivals.

“The Royal Opera House is now open every day from 10am, and we want as many people as possible to visit one of the world’s most beautiful theatres, to experience our art forms and to get a taste of the remarkable creativity at play here.”

The final construction cost is estimated at £50.7 million, with all of the funds raised from philanthropy.

Backstage tours will give visitors an overview of the backstage areas, including costume and lighting workshops, and the chance to see The Royal Ballet in rehearsals.

Visitors can also explore the displays of theatrical memorabilia, costumes, playbills, models and posters from the Royal Opera House Collections.

Events will range from workshops about backstage theatre crafts to guest artist performances and immersive events.

New front-of-house displays will include costumes charting famous episodes in the history of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.

The new Royal Opera House Shop will sell specially designed products inspired by our theatre and art from British designers.

Picture of the new exterior by Luke Hayes.

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