The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The foundation of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden lies in the letters patent awarded by Charles II to Sir William Davenant in 1662, allowing Davenant to operate one of only two patent theatre companies (The Duke's Company) in London.
The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The letters patent remained in the possession of the patentees' heirs until the 19th century; their whereabouts are currently unknown.
In the 2000s, the most renowned figure of late 18th-century opera is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who began with opera seria but is most famous for his Italian comic operas, especially The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, as well as The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), a landmark in the German tradition.
It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began.
Rossum, Wilson, and Driver had singing experience, but Butler had none and so had music lessons.
The Phantom of the Opera grossed approximately 4 million worldwide, despite receiving mixed to negative reviews, which praised the visuals and acting but criticized the writing and directing.