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Royal Opera House

T2 Bow St WC2 1 Covent Garden roh.org.uk

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t The Floral Hall – now the Paul Hamlyn Hall – at the Royal Opera House

Built in 1732, the first theatre on this site served as more of a playhouse, although many of Handel’s operas and oratorios were premiered here. Like its neighbour, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the building proved prone to fire and burned down in 1808 and again in 1856. The present opera house was designed in 1858 by E M Barry. John Flaxman’s portico frieze, depicting tragedy and comedy, survived from the ...

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