Category Royal Opera

It happened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

It was during the playing of the national anthem at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on the evening of Thursday 15th May 1800 that James Hadfield fired a pistol at King George III who was standing in the royal box.  Hadfield missed and was grabbed at once by the guards. He immediately claimed that he had fired over the king’s […]

Royal Opera in London

The present Royal Opera was formed as the Covent Garden Opera Company in 1946, but behind it lays a tradition of operatic performance which goes back for more than 260 years at its home in Covent Garden. In each of the three theatres that have been on the site opera has played an important role.  […]