The Linbury Theatre has opened its doors to the public, the Royal Opera House has announced.

Described as the “West End’s newest and most intimate venue” and “London’s latest state-of-the-art theatre”, the Linbury launched on 17 January with TRIOConcertDance, a mixed programme of contemporary choreography.

The new theatre hosted its first opera in February. The Royal Opera presented the world premiere of The Monstrous Child, a new production by British composer Gavin Higgins and best-selling author Francesca Simon. Inspired by Norse mythology, this theatrical spectacle was sung in English and stared British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons.

Other opera highlights to be presented during the Linbury Theatre’s opening season include a new production of Handel’s Berenice, a collaboration between the Royal Opera and London Handel Festival.

Part of the ROH’s Open Up project, the theatre has been extensively redesigned and refurbished. This innovative scheme aims to make the Royal Opera House a daytime destination, open every day from 10 am, with bars, cafés, restaurants and a brand new programme of daytime events.

Visit the Royal Opera House website for more information.



The Royal Opera House’s redesigned Linbury Theatre is now open (Hufton + Crow).