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15/05/1858 Royal Italian Opera reopens after disastrous blaze

Originally named Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history and is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. Renamed the Royal Opera house in 1892, it is currently an opera house and a major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, London.


  • Essentials 

  • The Davenant Patent 

  • The first theatre 

  • The second theatre 

  • The third theatre 

  • Reconstruction from the 1980s forward 

  • Facilities 

  • Other uses