Royal Opera House opens its doors

Published: 4 September 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Royal Opera House Paul Hamlyn Hall Bow Street Credit: Luke Hayes
Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre Credit: Hufton + Crow
Royal Opera House Main Stage Credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke

After six months of closure, the Royal Opera House is opening to the public as part of the Open House London weekend on 19 and 20 September between 10AM and 7PM.

In a specially-curated, 'socially-distanced' programme called Take a Bow, visitors will be given access to the Royal Opera House’s two stages: the Main Stage, built in 1858, and the state-of-the-art Linbury Theatre, which opened in 2018. They will be able to tread the boards of the Main Stage and take a bow and a selfie on stage. There will also be a film screening in the Linbury Theatre of ballet and opera highlights from past Royal Opera House productions.

In order to adhere to 'social distancing' guidelines, access can only be permitted to those who have pre-booked and visitors will be required to register their details for track and trace procedures.

The Take A Bow experience will take place every 30 minutes. Four bubbles will be given access per half hour slot, with up to six people in a bubble.