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

Experience world-class opera, classical music, theatre, ballet and dance at the home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera in the heart of London's Covent Garden.

Swan Lake

17 May - 21 June

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 Royal Ballet. 


7 June - 1 July

Lohengrin marks the point of maturity in Wagner’s career as he creates a work of fervent music imagination and great dramatic power. Focussed on Wagner’s fascination with the Holy Grail myths of Arthurian legend, Director David Alden gives the story a fresh theatrical vision with a new direction. 

Don Giovanni

29 June - 17 July

Serial seducer, Don Giovanni is impulsive and charismatic but when he commits a murder, he is haunted by the ghost of the murdered man. Mozart’s dazzling score is at the heart of this tragic and comedic drama.  

English National Opera: London Coliseum

9 minute walk

Britain's only full-time repertory opera company, based at the Coliseum, one of the largest and most magnificent theatres in the city.


Until 2 June

Michael Ball, Tim Howar, Alexandra Burke and Cedric Neal star in the musical love story Chess written by the phenomenal Tim Rice and ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in the battle for the world title in chess, two of the world’s greatest champions are thrown into danger of becoming pawns of their government before their lives become more complicated when a Hungarian refugee becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. 

Acis and Galatea

9 - 16 June

Performed for the very first time by the English National Opera, Handel’s tale of social exclusion, narcissism and loneliness is brought to life by Director Sarah Tipple. The love between semi-divine nymph Galatea and shepherd Acis is soon disrupted by the jealous cyclops Polyphemus. 

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