With the capital re-emerging from lockdown the Royal Opera House (ROH) has announced a special programme of events to say thank you to NHS workers.

The 2021 ROH programme includes a special performance of Puccini’s La Bohème on 27 June where NHS staff from University College Hospital London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will be invited to attend.


Jillian Barker, the Royal Opera House’s Director of Learning and Participation, said, “After the incredible challenges of the last 12 months, the dedicated and tireless work of NHS staff has been monumental.

“Their work has helped to save countless lives during this challenging year, and I am delighted that we have the chance to give hundreds of nurses, porters and healthcare support workers from our nearest hospitals, as well as their families, the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful ballet and opera experiences.”

Royal Opera House Family Sundays © 2019 ROH. Photograph by Laura Aziz 2
Family Sundays © 2019 ROH. Photograph by Laura Aziz

September will see a Family Sunday event which will be dedicated to NHS workers and their families. This will include dance, craft and singing workshops. NHS staff will also be able to go behind the scenes at the iconic London building. On 4 December NHS workers and families will be invited to The Royal Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

#ThankYouNHS will continue in 2022 with a Royal Ballet performance of Swan Lake.

2021 ROH Programme

2021 Royal Opera House ROH Programme
La Bohème by Puccini @ Royal Opera House. Directed by Richard Jones. ©Tristram Kenton

Pucinni’s tale of passion and heartbreak, produced by Richard Jones is part of a season of performances at the Royal Opera House once it re-opens its doors on 17 May.

This will include performances of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (17 to 23 May), The Royal Ballet performing works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins (4 to 3 June), and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (5 to 18 July), as well as La Bohème from 19 June to 6 July.

Most of the events will also be streamed online. The full Royal Opera House programme can be found here.

For more details visit https://www.roh.org.uk/. Main image: Family Sundays © 2019 ROH. Photograph by Laura Aziz.