While its star performances can be sold out within hours, in the summer you can watch its performances live in squares around London!
In 1837 The Royal Opera house was the first ever theatre to use limelight. Limelight comes from the mixing of oxygen and hydrogen and then adding real burning lime to achieve a bright light.
The Theatre Royal Covent Garden opened on this site in 1732, and hosted the first public piano performance in 1767. It burned down in 1808, again in 1857, and became the Royal Opera House in 1892.
In 1837 the manager of the Theatre Royal (the modern Royal Opera House) pioneered the use of lamps brightened by the use of lime to create a spotlight effect, hence ‘in the limelight’.
(3/25/13) Alex Ross writes on George Benjamin's long-awaited masterpiece, "Written on Skin," playing now at the Royal Opera House:
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