Every year we build a temporary canopied auditorium against the backdrop of Holland House, in the centre of Holland Park, West London, where we hold all our main-stage opera performances.
What to expect
Surrounded by the beautiful formal gardens and wilded woodlands of Holland Park, our canopied open-air auditorium is the perfect place to enjoy critically acclaimed opera in the heart of London. Bringing together world-class singers and our resident orchestra City of London Sinfonia in the pit, our extraordinary summer festival is not to be missed. Find out more about what’s on offer in our 2024 Season here.
Our reimagined auditorium and performance space reflects the natural beauty of the theatre’s setting in Holland Park. Constructed from reclaimed and sustainable materials and designed in collaboration with takis, it was described as ‘London’s greenest theatre’ by the Evening Standard.
As well as being beautiful and eclectic, the arm chairs in rows AA – B are sourced and donated from theatres, productions and auction houses from around London and the UK, and represent our core belief that art institutions should be leading conversations on environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Seats from Row C backwards are traditional fold-down theatre seating.
Food and drink
We have a variety of food and drink options available at the theatre and we are proud to work predominantly with independent companies within a 50 mile radius of Holland Park. Find out more about Food and Drink at OHP on this page.
There is no dress code at Opera Holland Park and we pride ourselves on our informal and welcoming atmosphere. As it can become cooler towards the end of the evening, we recommend that you bring layers.
Site opening times
For our in-house productions, the site will open 2 hours before the performance begins, unless advised otherwise. This means 5.30pm for evening performances starting at 7.30pm, and 12pm for matinee performances starting at 2pm.
For external productions, the site will open from one hour before the performance begins. Please check with the Box Office for more information.
All opera performances at Opera Holland Park are surtitled in English. Surtitles can be viewed from all seats in the auditorium apart from those marked as restricted view at point of sale.
Side Seats are located on both the East and West sides of the auditorium on ground level and covered by the canopy, though as always, we would strongly recommend bringing weather appropriate clothing.
These seats face the sides on the stage which is raised at the back, and will provide a side view with expected partially restricted sightlines of parts of the stage (dependant on each production), and possibly the surtitle screens. Due to the unique nature of our venue, we will only become fully aware of any restrictions once the production begins.
Patrons arriving late will not be permitted to take their seats until a suitable break in the performance – this may not be possible until the interval.
After the performance
Please exit through the Ilchester Place gate, Abbotsbury Road car park gate or the Duchess of Bedford’s Gate leading to Holland Walk. All other gates will be closed after the performance.
We have lovely loos on site, with wheelchair access, but we do not offer a cloakroom facility. Any coats or small bags may be taken with you to your seat.
All tickets are non-refundable except under the circumstances outlined in our Terms and Conditions. However, we do offer a ticket exchange service via ticketswap.co.uk. Visit the link to find out more.
Opera Holland Park Theatre, Ilchester Place, London W8 6LU