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The large building is often referred to as simply Covent Garden , after a previous use of the site. The first opera house was constructed in Originally called the Theatre Royal , it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In , the first ballet was presented. A year later, first season of operas by George Frideric Handel began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

The current building is the third theatre on the site, following disastrous fires in and to previous buildings. The main auditorium seats 2, people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery.

The proscenium is The main auditorium is a Grade I listed building. The letters patent remained in the possession of the patentees' heirs until the 19th century. The success of this venture provided him with the capital to build the Theatre Royal designed by Edward Shepherd at the site of an ancient convent garden. Inigo Jones had developed part of this property in the s with a piazza and church.

In addition, a Royal Charter had created a fruit and vegetable market in the area, a market which survived in that location until At the opening of the theatre on 7 December , Rich was carried by his actors in procession into the building for its opening production of William Congreve 's The Way of the World.

During the first hundred years or so of its history, the theatre was operated primarily as a playhouse, with the Letters Patent granted by Charles II giving Covent Garden and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane exclusive rights to present spoken drama in London.

Despite the frequent interchangeability between the Covent Garden and Drury Lane companies, competition was intense, and the companies often presented the same plays at the same time. Rich introduced pantomime to the repertoire, performing himself, under the stage name John Lun , as Harlequin. A tradition of seasonal pantomime continued at the modern theatre until In , Covent Garden presented its first ballet, Pygmalion.

In there was a royal performance of Messiah ; its success resulted in a tradition of Lenten oratorio performances. From until his death in , Handel gave regular seasons at Covent Garden; many of his operas and oratorios were written for that venue or had their first London performances there.

He bequeathed his organ to John Rich, and it was placed in a prominent position on the stage. It was among many valuable items lost in a fire that destroyed the theatre on 20 September In the architect Henry Holland rebuilt the auditorium; he expanded its capacity within the existing shell of the building. Rebuilding began in December , and the second Theatre Royal, Covent Garden designed by Robert Smirke opened on 18 September with a performance of Macbeth followed by a musical entertainment called The Quaker.

The Old Price Riots lasted over two months, and the management was finally forced to accede to the audience's demands. During this time, entertainments were varied; opera and ballet were presented, but not exclusively.

Kemble engaged a variety of acts, including the child performer Master Betty ; the great clown Joseph Grimaldi made his name at Covent Garden. On 25 March Edmund Kean collapsed on stage while playing Othello , and died two months later. In , the pantomime clown Joseph Grimaldi The Garrick of Clowns had performed his greatest success in Harlequin and Mother Goose; or the Golden Egg at Covent Garden, and this was subsequently revived, at the new theatre.

Grimaldi was an innovator: his performance as Joey introduced the clown to the world, building on the existing role of Harlequin derived from the Commedia dell'arte. His father had been ballet-master at Drury Lane, and his physical comedy, his ability to invent visual tricks and buffoonery , and his ability to poke fun at the audience were extraordinary. Early pantomimes were performed as mimes accompanied by music, but as Music hall became popular, Grimaldi introduced the pantomime dame to the theatre and was responsible for the tradition of audience singing.

By dance and clowning had taken such a physical toll on Grimaldi that he could barely walk, and he retired from the theatre. In , bare flame gaslight had replaced the former candles and oil lamps that lighted the Covent Garden stage. Limelight used a block of quicklime heated by an oxygen and hydrogen flame. This allowed the use of spotlights to highlight performers on the stage. The Theatres Act broke the patent theatres' monopoly of drama. At that time Her Majesty's Theatre in the Haymarket was the main centre of ballet and opera but after a dispute with the management in Michael Costa , conductor at Her Majesty's, transferred his allegiance to Covent Garden, bringing most of the company with him.

The auditorium was completely remodeled after an fire, during the following —47 seasons, the company performed at the Lyceum Theatre.

In , Louis Antoine Jullien the French eccentric composer of light music and conductor presented an opera of his own composition, Pietro il Grande. Five performances were given of the 'spectacular', including live horses on the stage and very loud music. Critics considered it a complete failure and Jullien was ruined and fled to America.

On 5 March , the theatre was again destroyed by fire. The Royal English Opera company under the management of Louisa Pyne and William Harrison , made their last performance at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 11 December and took up residence at the theatre on 20 December with a performance of Michael Balfe 's Satanella [27] and continued at the theatre until Winter and summer seasons of opera and ballet were given, and the building was also used for pantomime, recitals and political meetings.

During the First World War , the theatre was requisitioned by the Ministry of Works for use as a furniture repository. Despite early successes, Toye and Beecham eventually fell out, and Toye resigned. David Webster was appointed General Administrator, and Sadler's Wells Ballet was invited to become the resident ballet company. The Covent Garden Opera Trust was created and laid out plans "to establish Covent Garden as the national centre of opera and ballet, employing British artists in all departments, wherever that is consistent with the maintenance of the best possible standards In December , they shared their first production, Purcell 's The Fairy-Queen , with the ballet company.

Several renovations had taken place to parts of the house in the s, including improvements to the amphitheatre but the theatre clearly needed a major overhaul. In the Labour government gave land adjacent to the Royal Opera House for a long-overdue modernisation, refurbishment, and extension. In the early s the first part of a major renovation included an extension to the rear of the theatre on the James Street corner.

The development added two new ballet studios, offices, a Chorus Rehearsal Room and the Opera Rehearsal room. Dressing rooms were also added. This involved the demolition of almost the whole site including several adjacent buildings to make room for a major increase in the size of the complex. The auditorium itself remained, but well over half of the complex is new.

The building engineer was Arup with Stanhope as developer. The new building has the same traditional horseshoe-shaped auditorium as before, but with greatly improved technical, rehearsal, office, and educational facilities. Additionally, a new studio theatre, the Linbury, as well as more public space was created. The inclusion of the adjacent old Floral Hall, which had fallen into disrepair and was used as a scenery store before redevelopment, created a new and extensive public gathering place.

The venue is now claimed by the ROH to be the most modern theatre facility in Europe. Surtitles , projected onto a screen above the proscenium, have been used for all opera performances since they were introduced for school matinees in Since the reopening of the theatre in an electronic libretto system provides translations onto small video screens for some seats, and additional monitors and screens are to be introduced to other parts of the house.

In design work, known as the Open Up Project, began with the aim of improving the entrances, lobby areas and the Linbury Theatre. The Paul Hamlyn Hall is a large iron and glass structure adjacent to, and with direct access to, the main opera house building. The hall now acts as the atrium and main public area of the opera house, with a champagne bar, restaurant and other hospitality services, and also providing access to the main auditorium at all levels.

The building was formerly known as Floral Hall. It was originally built by the Opera House to house a flower market also selling fruits and vegetables , hence the name. It was designed by Edward Middleton Barry and opened in After being used as a concert hall, it became part of the Covent Garden Market in A fire broke out in the building in , after which it sat derelict. It was acquired by the Opera House in and used as storage space. The redevelopment of the Floral Hall as part of the s redevelopment project involved lifting up the cast iron structure to accommodate new public areas for the opera house underneath.

The southern side of the hall now connected with another building, so the cast iron south portico was dismantled and rebuilt in Borough Market , where it is separately Grate II heritage listed. As well as acting as a main public area for performances in the main auditorium, the Paul Hamlyn Hall is also used for hosting a number of events, including private functions, dances, exhibitions, concerts, and workshops. The Linbury Studio Theatre is a flexible, secondary performance space, constructed below ground level within the Royal Opera House.

It has retractable raked seating and a floor which can be raised or lowered to form a studio floor, a raised stage, or a stage with orchestra pit. The theatre can accommodate up to patrons and host a variety of different events. It has been used for private functions, traditional theatre shows, and concerts, as well as community and educational events, product launches, dinners and exhibitions, etc.

The Linbury is most notable for hosting performances of experimental and independent dance and music, by independent companies and as part of the ROH2, the contemporary producing arm of the Royal Opera House.

The venue was constructed as part of the 90s redevelopment of the Royal Opera House. It is named in recognition of donations made by the Linbury Trust towards the redevelopment. The name Linbury is derived from the names Linden and Sainsbury. The proposal would have seen the Palace Theatre in Manchester refurbished, to create a theatre capable of staging productions by both the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera.

It was intended that the Royal Opera House would take residence of the theatre for an annual week season, staging 16 performances by the Royal Opera, 28 performances by the Royal Ballet and other small-scale productions. The building was designed by Nicholas Hare Architects. The building also houses the Royal Opera House's collection of historically important costumes.

Acme studios opened a complex of 43 artist studios in Summer In addition to opera and ballet performances, the Royal Opera House has hosted a number of other events including:.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the opera house in London. For the post opera company, see The Royal Opera. For other uses, see Royal Opera disambiguation. National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July The charter is illustrated in Clive E.

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Additionally, a new studio theatre, the Linbury, as well as more public space was created. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there. The inclusion of the adjacent old Floral Hall, which had fallen into disrepair and was used as a scenery store before redevelopment, created a new and extensive public gathering place.

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