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Royal Opera House launches a new game: The Show Must Go On

App features a number of mini games related to Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions.

By Royal Opera House

10 November 2011 at 10.48am | 15 Comments

The Royal Opera has launched The Show Must Go On, a new game for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch).

Ever wondered what it takes to create one of the magical stage performances at the Royal Opera House? The Show Must Go On puts the player in the shoes of an intrepid stage manager who has to cope with a string of back stage disasters.

Developed in conjunction with Hide and Seek, the app features a number of mini games relating to Royal Ballet and Royal Opera productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. In the course of five mini-games the player has to manage lighting, props, set building, dressing the chorus and race against time to gather lost sheet music.

At the launch event, Chief Executive Tony Hall said, "The Holy Grail is something commercially viable that can reach lots of people. We hope that this game will excite people who don't know about opera and ballet".

The Show Must Go On is available from the iTunes store priced 69p for the first week.

The app follows the development of a free ticketing app produced in conjunction with Cloudtix.

As well as sound effects recorded on location at the Royal Opera House, the game boasts a soundtrack of world-class recordings from EMI Classics. These include performances from artists including Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert von Karajan and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Download the Soundtrack album on iTunes

The Show Must Go On website

Have you played The Show Must Go On? What do you think?

By Royal Opera House

10 November 2011 at 10.48am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Music, Opera and tagged app, Carmen, figaro, Game, Hide and Seek

This article has 15 comments

  1. Claire responded on 11 November 2011 at 3:09pm Reply

    Any plans to release it for Android too?

    • Royal Opera House (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 14 November 2011 at 11:17am

      Hi Claire, There are plans to release an Android version in the near future

  2. Maureen Walsh responded on 11 November 2011 at 4:27pm Reply

    What a wonderful app. Love it. This is keeping me amused and busy and out of mischief.

  3. P S Allen responded on 12 November 2011 at 3:26pm Reply

    looks great idea - fun way of playing with these tasks! good intro. for kids too! our 2 sons will enjoy this!

  4. Nigel Charman responded on 14 November 2011 at 12:01pm Reply

    Seems to have disappeared from App Store. Any news on what's happening?

  5. Eek, excited to hear this may come out on Android too!

  6. Donna responded on 10 July 2012 at 1:03pm Reply

    I have the ballet parents play this super game whilst I teach the young dancers!

  7. Amanda responded on 21 July 2014 at 1:17pm Reply

    We are still keen to know when we can access the game on Android ... any news on this?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 24 July 2014 at 9:27am

      Hi Amanda

      There is unlikely to be further development to make the game available in Android. Sorry if this is disappointing.

      Best wishes


  8. Patrick Rumble responded on 25 October 2017 at 8:08am Reply

    What happened to this game? I am trying to download it but it has been removed from the app store.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 28 October 2017 at 10:53am

      Hi Patrick,

      As you've found, this game is no longer available via the App Store.

      Thanks for your interest and sorry to disappoint you,


    • Patrick RUmble responded on 16 November 2017 at 8:11am

      But why was it removed from my Apple Id? When you pay for an app you would expect it to be available on your account forever.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 November 2017 at 10:26am

      Hi Patrick,

      I'm afraid that only Apple will be able to answer this

      Best wishes,


  9. Nick Busby responded on 5 January 2019 at 8:57pm Reply

    I would love one where you actually manage a opera company obtaining a place to stage your productions and arranging your Season hiring the best opera singers for your productions etc etc

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