What to expect


The theatre

Every year we build a temporary canopied auditorium to the back-drop of Holland House, in the centre of Holland Park, West London, where we hold all of our main-stage opera performances. You may have seen a big white canopy in the centre of the Holland Park during the summer months… well, this is our theatre! Despite being open-air, the auditorium is covered and has a total capacity of 1000 seats.

The site has a variety of refreshments options, including four picnic areas in which you can eat and relax in the stunning surroundings before the opera performance and during the interval. For more information on refreshments at Opera Holland Park, click here.


Theatre map 

Click here to download a PDF of the theatre map. 


Opening hours

Performances of La rondineZazà, and Royal Ballet School

Performance starts at 7.30pm. The theatre will open at 6pm to the general public and from 5.30pm if you have a pre-booked picnic or table.


Performances of Don Giovanni 

Performance starts at 7.15pm (except for matinee days). The theatre will open at 5.45pm to the general public and from 5.15pm if you have a pre-booked picnic or table.


Performances of Kat’á Kabanová 

Performance starts at 8pm. The theatre will open at 6.30pm to the general public and from 6pm if you have a pre-booked picnic or table.


Matinee performances

For the matinee of Don Giovanni, the performance will start at 2pm. The theatre will open at 12.30pm to the general public and from 12 noon if you have a pre-booked picnic or table.

For the matinee of the Royal Ballet School, the performance will start at 2.30pm. The theatre will open at 1pm to the general public and from 12.30pm if you have a pre-booked picnic or table.


Performances of Alice

Performances start at 4pm.

If you are entering the theatre for pre-booked tables or picnics, please use the Side Gate situated by the café. For more information about the Relaxed Performance of Alice, click here. 

All evening performances finish between 10pm and 10.40pm and most have an interval of 20 minutes. Approximate running times can be found on the individual production pages: La rondine, Don Giovanni, Kat’á KabanováZazà and Royal Ballet School. Exact running times will be published on the website two days before the first performance.


Box Office

The telephone number for the OHP Box Office is 0300 999 1000. Click here for full booking information for our 2017 Season.

You may visit the Box Office in person throughout the season from 1pm on 2 May 2017, located near the theatre itself at The Stable Yard, Ilchester Place London W8 6LU. The in person Box Office opening hours are Monday-Friday, 1pm-6pm.

Telephone booking at the Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.


Dress Code

There is no dress code at Opera Holland Park, although as a reference you may like to dress Smart Casual. The theatre is a covered outdoor venue. As it can become cooler towards the end of the evening, we recommend that you bring a jacket or a wrap with you.



There are two surtitle machines, located on either side of the stage. At certain times and from particular seats the surtitle system is not always fully visible. We would ask you to understand the unique nature of the theatre.


New toilets at OHP!

The new toilets at Opera Holland Park mean that the facilities are within the theatre confines, rather than outside at the front of the theatre as previously. Please see the theatre map above.

They offer a number of aesthetic and system improvements – including a 25% increase in capacity. They are all housed within one building too, rather than individual small units.

However, this is the first year we have operated them and they are in a previously unused part of the theatre and thus we have had to try to predict the movement and behaviours of audiences vis a vis queuing, access, movement of people etc. Therefore, we ask that you bear with us whilst we assess all of these factors to ensure if necessary, we can fine tune the planning and installation in future years.

We have no doubt at all that these facilities represent a huge and welcome improvement, but we are sure there will be teething problems as you – and we – get used to them.


Latecomers policy

Patrons arriving late will not be permitted to take their seats until a suitable break in the performance – this may be the interval.


After the Performance

Please exit through the Ilchester Place gate, Abbotsbury Road car park gate or the Duchess of Bedford’s Gate leading to Holland Walk. All other gates will be closed after the performance.


Click here to read our FAQs. If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the administration team on 020 3846 6222.


Click here to find out more about Accessibility at Opera Holland Park


Click here for travel information and how to find Opera Holland Park