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|Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, WC2
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Tel: 020 7401 9919
|The world-famous Royal Opera House was first built in 1732 as the Covent Garden Theatre. At this time it was an ordinary theatre, with operas being shown at Her Majesty's Theatre on Haymarket. But this burned down in 1847 and so the Covent Garden Theatre became the main opera house in London, initially known as the Royal Italian Opera.|
Since the Second World War the Royal Opera House has been home to the Royal Ballet as well as the Royal Opera. It has an excellent reputation for its performances, both opera and ballet, and regularly features world-famous stars. But expect to pay the price - tickets are traditionally extortionate, often costing over £100.
Still, if you can afford it, a night at Britain's premier opera venue is undoubtedly something special!
Extensive renovations have taken place over the last few years, but it is expected to be operating back to normal by the end of 1999. The box office is open daily, except for Saturdays.
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