Free ticket scheme for older audiences

Since we launched our free ticket schemes in 2008 we are proud to have given over 10,000 people the opportunity to attend opera for free. As in previous years, we are delighted to offer 300 free tickets across our 2018 Season to those over the age of 65. We encourage our audiences to apply as part of an organised community group, such as a day centre, retirement café, older persons’ forum or through a charity such as Age UK or Contact the Elderly.

Injecting the arts into the heart of a community and being able to enjoy live performance can make a significant positive change to overall health and well-being. An evening of high-quality opera in the beautiful setting of Holland Park has the ability to give pleasure to older audiences giving access to a meaningful activity they can attend with friends and family helping to overcome isolation and broaden horizons.

Everyone, regardless of means, age or ability, is encouraged to attend an opera or one of the associated events taking place before the season or at the theatre.


Audience members from the Oracle Cancer Trust, Don Giovanni, 16 June 2017

“Don Giovanni was a wonderful production and we really enjoyed it!”
– EW, attended with a friend in 2017

“Thank you for a wonderful evening”
– ES, attended with a friend in 2017

“Very good especially for people with a restricted pension. It’s very much appreciated!”
– Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents

“Brilliant shows. Huge appreciation for the scheme it is fantastic for us to be able to go.”
– Anonymous


How to apply 

Tickets are allocated through a ballot system and audiences are invited to apply as part of an organised community group, such as a social centre or club. However, if you belong to neither, and would like to apply as an individual, please fill in the relevant form and return to: Investec Opera Holland Park, 37 Pembroke Road, London W8 6PW.

Please note: if applying as part of a community group, you can apply for up to 10 tickets per performance. If you are applying as an individual, you may apply for a maximum of 2.


Applications for the 2018 Season are now closed. If you have applied for tickets, you will receive a response by Friday 6 April.



The designated seats in the auditorium are A3-A7 and B3-B7 which are situated at the front of the seating stand, closest to the stage and have easy access with no or few steps.

For more information about accessibility at Opera Holland Park, please click here.