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

Giselle

26 February to 15 April 2016

Be swept away by the greatest of all Romantic ballets, in this famous tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.

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.

Tannhäuser

26 April to 15 May 2016

In this dramatic production of Wagner’s potent early opera, the great singer Tannhäuser tires of Venus’s love and escapes. In a song contest at home on the subject of love, Tannhäuser argues for the importance of physical desire and is ordered to make a pilgrimage to the Pope to seek redemption.

Frankenstein

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.

Oedipe

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

Sunset Boulevard

7 April to 7 May 2016

The multi award-winning actress, Glenn Close, makes her West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's much-loved musical.

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.

Cinderella

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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