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Visiting Royal Opera House in Westminster
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Stunning, amazing, picturesque, royal, ethnic, etc. are only a handful of adjectives which describe the ultimate beauty of the United Kingdom's most celebrated part, England. This lush green land mass is the pioneer of parliamentary democracy in the UK. England is eccentric, intriguing, and undeniably beautiful. It stands tall as the crown of United Kingdom and boasts of several architectural gems in its credit. It's exhilarating in its appearance and enticing in its charm. Every year it attracts millions to its grounds to admire its charm. From its wide array of extraordinary buildings and structures, one is the world-acclaimed Royal Opera House. Located in Westminster, it is one of London's major performing arts venue. It holds the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. For the first hundred years of its construction, the building served as a playhouse. In 1734, when the first ballet was displayed here with a subsequent portrayal of famous theatrical performances, the structure gained its necessary popularity and became a famous landmark of the city.

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A Royal Trip to the Royal Opera House

A Royal Trip to the Royal Opera House

1. Paul Hamlyn Hall

1. Paul Hamlyn Hall

Get a sneak peek into a large iron and glass structure, the Paul Hamlyn Hall which serves as an important part of the Royal Opera House and has direct access from the main entrance. Acting as the main atrium along with the main venue for important public gatherings, the hall is beautifully designed and architecture both on the interior as well as exterior. It serves as a link between the main auditorium and other establishments of the structure. Boasting of a champagne bar, a restaurant, and other hospitality services it is the most crowded section of the building. Earlier it was known as the Floral Hall, but after its redevelopment, its name was changed to Paul Hamlyn Hall in September 2005. Apart from acting as a main public area for dance and music performances in its premises, the Paul Hamlyn Hall is also the perfect venue for hosting a number of other events like private functions, exhibitions, andconcerts.

2. Linbury Studio Theater

2. Linbury Studio Theater

Opened in December 2018 after redevelopment, the Linbury Studio Theater is West End's newest and most brilliantly designed world-class stage for the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House. It serves as the second performance stage constructed below the ground level within the premises of the Royal Opera House. The theater can support up to four hundred patrons who come across the boundaries from every part of the world to witness the iconic performances of renowned artists here. With its retractable raked seats and a floor which can be raised or lowered to form a studio floor, a raised stage or an orchestra stage, it has been a popular place for organizing private functions, traditional theater shows, concerts along with numerous educational events,dinners, and exhibitions. Visitors can also enjoy the facilities of a bar and a cloakroom here. The Linbury Studio Theater regularly hosts stage performances by the famous Royal Ballet School and is also the facilitator of the Young British Dancer of the Year competition. It is also London's most technologically advanced performance venue.

3. The Events

3. The Events

Royal Opera House is famous for its stunning ballet performances which are unique and give its viewers a never-seen-before experience. If you love watching ballet, then be a part of Natalia Makarova's classic ballet performance, La Bayadere. It depicts the iconic 19th-century ballet which brings the fascinating world of temple dancers and noble warriors to reality. In December, theater lovers can celebrate the success of completing ten years of the Royal House Live Cinema Season by being a part of some of the best operas and ballets. Spend your Christmas just the right way by treating yourself and your family with the famous ballet performance Nutcracker in the main stage of the opera house.

4. High House Production Park

4. High House Production Park

Designed by the renowned architect team of Nicholas Hare Architects, the High House is a scenery-making facility for the operas and ballets which are organized in the opera house. Visitors can visit the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Center which serves as the costume-making facility. It also serves as a training center for students of South Essex College, who study costume making. You can also embrace the magnificent collection of historically eminent costumes in the galleries of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume center. Other establishments which glorify the High House campus include the backstage center, a technical theater, a musical training center, and a studio complex.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

You can purchase tickets through this website which gives its customers various discounts and offers on bookings.

How To Get Around?

Explore the opera house on foot easily.

What Should I Wear?

There is no dress code, but if you want to get that royal feel then it is advisable to wear flowing elegant gowns with heels. Boys can opt for leather jackets and open-necked shirts paired with trousers.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

Different plays and performances have different timings, so make sure to check the time before paying a visit.

Currency

Currency is Pound Sterling.

Will I Need a Guide?


How To Get There?

You can reach London via Heathrow Airport by boarding a flight, or you can also opt for roadways and highways. Westminster can be reached by bus, tube, taxi, or cabs.

Additional Info

Maintain a decent code of conduct inside the place. Whistling and any other sort of noise is strictly prohibited.

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