Opera & Dance

With The Royal Ballet and English National Opera within a short walk of One Aldwych, guests looking for classic culture will be spoilt for choice.

Royal Opera House

3 minute walk

The Winter's Tale

12 April to 10 June 2016

Christopher Wheeldon’s three-act ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation with music by Joby Talbot is a triumph for The Royal Ballet.


4 to 27 May 2016

This world hotly-anticipated premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet is inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece. As The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Scarlett has become known for ballets that marry highly expressive movement, sophisticated musical response and dark psychological depth.


23 May to 8 June 2016

An excellent cast perform The Royal Opera’s first production of Enescu’s operatic masterpiece, directed by acclaimed Catalan company La Fura dels Baus.

English National Opera: London Coliseum

9 minute walk

Madam Butterfly

16 May to 7 July 2016

Madam Butterfly is one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited love. Here, Puccini's classic is brought to life with a breathtaking mix of cinematic images, traditional Japanese theatre, colourful costumes and stunning sets.

Tristan and Isolde

9 June to 9 July 2016

By night, they share a perfect passion. But for Princess Isolde and her lover Tristan, every day is any agony of separation. This epic drama told on a grand scale will be an unforgettable highlight of ENO’s 2015/16 Season.

Swan Lake

13 to 16 July 2016

Visually stunning, bursting with glamour, wit and intrigue, the doomed love triangle between Odette, Baroness Rothbart and Prince Siegfried is set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and danced with breathtaking excellence by The Australian Ballet.


20 to 23 July 2016

The world’s favourite fairy-tale is brought to life by The Australian Ballet in this acclaimed and energetic production, bubbling with humour and set to Prokofiev’s divinely romantic score.

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