Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Considered by many to be one of his greatest works, Otello is Giuseppe Verdi’s acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

The Moorish general Otello has been appointed Governor of Cyprus and married the beautiful young Venetian, Desdemona. But their happiness is threatened when Otello's ensign Iago begins to hint that Desdemona has been unfaithful.

The subtlety and range of Otello’s score, combined with Arrigo Boito’s superb libretto, captures Shakespeare’s poetry, while the opera’s tightly wrought narrative displays all Verdi’s talents as a music dramatist.

Elijah Moshinsky’s masterly production, which was created in 1987 with Plácido Domingo in the title role, uses Renaissance designs to capture an atmosphere of opulence and evil in which the tragedy is played out.

Otello is sung in Italian with English surtitles

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

director: Elijah Moshinsky

producer: The Royal Opera

designer: Timothy O'Brien

costume: Peter J Hall

lighting designer: Robert Bryan

movement director: Michael Popper

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Opera
  • Duration: 2h50
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom, WC2E 9DD

  • Nearest tube: Covent Garden (120m) Leicester Square (approx. 500m)
  • Nearest bus: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501(southbound only), 505, 521, X68 all go to the Aldwych.
  • Nearest train:
  • Parking:

    50% off parking at Q-Park Chinatown, only 6 minutes walk away. 4 spaces for blue badge holders on Floral Street and 3 on Bow Street. Taxi lay-by outside theatre on Bow Street or taxi rank at Covent Garden Piazza end of Russell Street.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7304 4000 Fax: 020 7212 9460 Minicom: 020 7212 9228
  • Telephones: Accessible cash telephone by the lifts and in amphitheatre lobby.
  • Discounts: Half price tickets available for all disabled theatregoers and their companions provided you are on the access list – to join please call the above numbers.
  • Limited mobility: Aisle seats and boxes have the best leg room.
  • Access description: Fixed ramps at Bow Street (push button to open doors) and Piazza entrances. Box Office and Information point (with lowered service counters) to right of Bow Street entrance. 5 lifts (Braille buttons and voice announcements) to all levels, beyond the Box Office and cloakroom. There are 27 steps down to the Linbury Studio reachable via a slight ramp. In main auditorium, 15 steps up from ground level to the Stalls Circle. Then 15 steps up to Grand Tier, 21 to Balcony, further 15 to Lower Slips, 30 to Amphitheatre and 56 to Upper Amphitheatre. 1 step between each row in Stalls Circle and Grand Tier and Balcony, 3 in Amphitheatre (fairly steep). All staircases have handrails and some steps are highlighted. Escalator from Floral Hall to Amphitheatre.
  • Hearing impaired: Infrared system with 20 headsets. Collect headsets from FOH Duty Manager’s Desk in main foyer. Surtitles for all opera productions.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs allowed into auditorium and staff available to dog-sit if required.
  • Wheelchairs: Spaces for wheelchair users at Stalls Circle (6 spaces), Grand Tier (4 spaces), Balcony (6 spaces), Upper Amphitheatre (3 spaces). Express lift too small for motorised wheelchairs/scooters, but other lifts are fine. Wheelchair and scooter transfer seating available, wheelchairs/scooters stored in cloakroom.
  • Toilets: Men’s and women’s at Stalls Circle and Amphitheatre levels and in Vilar Floral Hall.
  • Disabled toilets: Adapted toilets by lifts at all levels. Non-adapted toilets have some cubicles with wider doors and hand rails (marked on door).
  • Bars: Lift to Amphitheatre bar and restaurant, and Floral Hall and Terrace cafes (low counters, moveable seats and tables).