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Royal Opera House

Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD

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Guide Dogs Guide Dogs:

Guide dogs allowed into auditorium and staff available to dog-sit if required.

Sound Amplification Infra-Red:

Infrared system with 20 headsets. Collect headsets from FOH Duty Manager’s Desk in main foyer. Surtitles for all opera productions.

Disabled Wheelchair Access Disabled Access:

Spaces for wheelchair users at Stalls Circle (6 spaces), Grand Tier (4 spaces), Balcony (6 spaces), Upper Amphitheatre (3 spaces). Express lift too small for motorised wheelchairs/scooters, but other lifts are fine. Wheelchair and scooter transfer seating available, wheelchairs/scooters stored in cloakroom.

Toilets Toilets:

Adapted toilets by lifts at all levels. Non-adapted toilets have some cubicles with wider doors and hand rails (marked on door).

Steps Steps:

Fixed ramps at Bow Street (push button to open doors) and Piazza entrances. Box Office and Information point (with lowered service counters) to right of Bow Street entrance. 5 lifts (Braille buttons and voice announcements) to all levels, beyond the Box Office and cloakroom. There are 27 steps down to the Linbury Studio reachable via a slight ramp. In main auditorium, 15 steps up from ground level to the Stalls Circle. Then 15 steps up to Grand Tier, 21 to Balcony, further 15 to Lower Slips, 30 to Amphitheatre and 56 to Upper Amphitheatre. 1 step between each row in Stalls Circle and Grand Tier and Balcony, 3 in Amphitheatre (fairly steep). All staircases have handrails and some steps are highlighted. Escalator from Floral Hall to Amphitheatre.

Air Conditioning Air Conditioning: Yes
Venue Owner Owner: The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in the London district of Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857. The fa├žade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The Royal Opera House seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade 1 listed building.