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  • 26 February—3 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin and conducted by Dan Ettinger and Plácido Domingo, star in The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s thriller.


  • 27 February—16 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role.

The Winter's Tale

  • 28 February—21 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.


  • 1–9 March 2018
  • Main Stage

The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.

From the House of the Dead

  • 7–24 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Janáček’s final work receives its Royal Opera premiere in a new production directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, with Mark Wigglesworth conducting an excellent cast including Johan Reuter and Willard W. White.

New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

  • 15 March—9 April 2018
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.


  • 25 March—10 April 2018
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.


  • 27 March—7 April 2018
  • Barbican Theatre

The world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, in a production at the Barbican directed by Aletta Collins.

Piggy in the Middle / Sink or Swim (film)

  • 29 March—28 April 2018
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

Charlotte Edmonds presents her newest work Piggy in the Middle alongside a screening of her short film Sink or Swim.


  • 29 March—16 May 2018
  • Main Stage

Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.


Insights: New Wayne McGregor / New Christopher Wheeldon

  • 27 February 2018

Hear these two leading choreographers in conversation and see them in rehearsal ahead of two world premieres.

Insights: In Conversation with Yasmine Naghdi

  • 6 March 2018

The newly appointed Royal Ballet Principal discusses her spectacular rise from The Royal Ballet School to the Covent Garden stage.

Insights: Manon

  • 7 March 2018

Discover more from The Royal Ballet about Kenneth MacMillan’s enthralling ballet.

Insights: Macbeth

  • 22 March 2018

An introduction to Verdi’s tragic, Shakespeare-inspired opera.

Insights: The revolution will not be televised – oppression, power and knowledge

  • 26 March 2018

Explore how poetry and opera narrate personal and politial struggle, in collaboration with Poet in the City.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 14 March 2018

Friends of Covent Garden have the opportunity to purchase tickets to open rehearsals.


Backstage Tour

  • 26–28 February 2018

Visit the Backstage and Front of House areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance.

Thurrock Tour

  • 2 March—29 June 2018

Discover the fascinating world of the craftspeople who create stunning costumes, scenery and sets for the Royal Opera House on a tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre.

Velvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour

  • 28 February—27 March 2018

Whenever visitors see the historic auditorium of the Royal Opera House for the first time, it always amazes them.


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 12 March—21 May 2018

The regular free lunchtime recitals, at St Clement Danes in the Strand, feature the rising stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.