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07/12/1732 The Royal Opera House opens

The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began.


  • Essentials 

  • The Davenant Patent 

  • The first theatre 

  • The second theatre 

  • The third theatre 

  • Reconstruction from the 1980s forward 

  • Facilities 

  • Other uses