The Last Hotel

The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists – multi-award-winning playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy. Together they create a new chamber opera about life, death, duty and guilt.

Dennehy is a composer of urgent, searching music that combines post-minimalist overtones with fragments of his native Irish idioms, particularly the sean nós (or ‘old style’) songs of Irish folk music. Walsh’s reputation as a chronicler of the darker side of the Irish psyche has been forged through works such as The Walworth Farce (2006), Misterman (2011) and Ballyturk (2014) – as well as through his work for music theatre and screen, including the libretto for Once (2011) and the screenplay for Hunger (2008).

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Linbury Studio Theatre

The purpose-built Linbury Studio Theatre is a flexible modern theatre space within the heart of the Royal Opera House. With retractable seating for 394 people, this contemporary space is an ideal venue for conferences with high production and AV requirements. Its adaptable layout and separate access offer great creative potential and the opportunity to hold a multitude of events from press launches to conferences.

Set Up - Theatre Style - Maximum Capacity - 366

The Linbury Studio Theatre is a flexible, secondary performance space, constructed below ground level within the Royal Opera House. It has retractable raked seating and a floor which can be raised or lowered to form a studio floor, a raised stage, or a stage with orchestra pit. The theatre can accommodate up to 400 patrons and host a variety of different events. It has been used for private functions, traditional theatre shows, and concerts, as well as community and educational events, product launches, dinners and exhibitions, etc., and is one of the most technologically advanced performance venues in London with its own public areas, including a bar and cloakroom. 

The Linbury is most notable for hosting performances of experimental and independent dance and music, by independent companies and as part of the ROH2, the contemporary producing arm of the Royal Opera House. The Linbury Studio Theatre regularly stages performances by the Royal Ballet School and also hosts the Young British Dancer of the Yearcompetition.

The venue was constructed as part of the 90s redevelopment of the Royal Opera House. It is named in recognition of donations made by the Linbury Trust towards the redevelopment. The Trust is operated by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover and his wife Anya Linden, a former dancer with the Royal Ballet. The name Linbury is derived from the names Linden and Sainsbury.

It was opened in 1999 with a collaboration from three Croydon secondary schools (including Coloma Convent Girls' School and Edenham High School) in an original performance called About Face.


Covent Garden tube station on the Piccadilly Line.

1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 87, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501 (southbound only), 505, 521, X68 all go to the Aldwych, which is close to the Theatre.


The nearest NCP car parks are five minutes' walk away at Drury Lane and Shelton Street. There is a drop-off point outside the Bow Street entrance.

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